Differentiated Accountability (DA) System is Iowa’s accountability model designed to provide support for public districts, accredited nonpublic schools and area education agencies (AEAs) when and where they need it most. The DA model is built to support compliance with state and federal law as well as build capacity in five conceptual areas (healthy indicators) essential to continuous improvement in education:
- Assessment and Data-Based Decision-Making
- Universal Instruction
- Intervention System
DA supports continuous improvement with protocols to examine data and facilitation guides to dig into a deeper level of diagnostics for the system. Protocols and facilitation guides are intended to be used in the context of the Collaborative Inquiry Questions with leadership teams and with meaningful inclusion of teacher voice and perspective. The most recent materials and resources can be found on the ESSA Support Site. The resources on the ESSA Support Site are aligned with the required and optional school improvement components for schools in Iowa's ESSA Plan.
- ESSA Data Review
- Universal Tier Tools
- Intervention System
- More Resources; Collaborative Inquiry Questions
Universal Desk Audits
Public school districts, preschool programs, and accredited nonpublic schools submit a universal desk audit information yearly for compliance with state and federal legal requirements. If needed, further compliance review through a more detailed desk audit, remote interview, or on-site visit is conducted at a targeted or intensive level.
Universal desk audit information is submitted to the Department through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15 of each year.
For questions on the AEA, K-12 Public School District or K-12 Nonpublic School desk audit, contact your School Improvement Consultant.
Preschool Desk Audits
Contact Mary Breyfogle at 515-326-1030 with questions.
Preschool Desk Audit Slide Decks
The Universal Preschool Desk Audit requires the submission of evidence for ten items related to the implementation of the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards or IQPPS. The following slide decks highlight what is necessary for each of the ten items:
- Item 1: Program Governance
- Item 2: Learning Environment - Indoor
- Item 3: Learning Environment - Outdoor
- Item 4: Assessment
- Item 5: Data-Based Decision Making
- Item 6: Health and Safety
- Item 7: Teaching Staff Professional Learning
- Item 8: Daily Schedule
- Item 9: Partnering with Families
- Item 10: Families and Communities