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Iowa’s model of accreditation and improvement for districts, Area Education Agencies, and Pre-Kindergarten programs is scheduled for a substantial makeover for the 2015-16 year. See Differentiated Accountability System.
School Improvement Documents
School Improvement Team
The School Improvement Team at the DE conducts site visits for accredited nonpublic schools and school districts, reviews Annual Progress Reports (APRs), and assists Schools and School Districts in continuous school improvement efforts such as the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Data for both the APR and CSIP are collected through the C-Plan application. The Team conducts feasibility studies with accredited public school districts seeking options such as Whole Grade Sharing and School District Reorganization. The Team monitors Private Instruction, Specially Accredited Schools, Open Enrollment, School District Waivers and Exemptions, Nonpublic School Accreditation, charter schools, and Senior Year Plus.
The following contact information includes the monitoring assignments of each School Improvement Consultant. Schools, School Districts, AEAs, and members of the public should contact the Consultant assigned to their AEA for any school improvement related questions.
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
General Number: 515-281-8402
Fax Number: 515-242-5988
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (Except State Holidays)
Deputy Director and Division Administrator
Division of Learning and Results
Bureau of School Improvement
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Mississippi Bend AEA 9.
Non-public school accreditation including independently accredited, specially accredited and exempt schools.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Green Hills AEA.
Charter School Consultant
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Heartland AEA 11.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Great Prairie AEA.
Contact for whole grade sharing
Coordinator for feasibility studies (school district reorganization and whole grade sharing)
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Northwest AEA.
Contact for Private Instruction (i.e., home schooling)
Margaret Jensen Connet
Monitors and provides equity / MCGF technical assistance for all AEAs.
Coordinates LEA focused equity site visits
Coordinates AEA focused equity visits
Assists with community college focused equity site visits
Monitors and provides technical assistance for AEA 267.
Monitors and provides technical assistance for Grant Wood AEA 10 and Keystone AEA 1.
Section 504 State Coordinator
Senior Year Plus assistance