Thirty-five Iowa high schools across the state will partner with the Iowa Department of Education to work on solutions to eliminate barriers to learning, including bullying and substance abuse.
Iowa is one of 11 states chosen for a prestigious federal grant to participate in the Safe and Supportive Schools program. Nearly $14 million will be spent in Iowa over the next four years to support efforts that will measure and improve statewide conditions for learning, which include school safety, student engagement in school, and the overall school environment.
This spring, the Iowa Department of Education will ask students, parents and faculty at the high schools to fill out a confidential survey. The survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety to student relationships with other students and adults to whether students have adequate resources in their schools.
"We look forward to embarking on this new, groundbreaking program," said Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass. "For the first time, we will measure conditions for learning by surveying the real experts - students, parents and faculty."
After the initial survey is taken, 80% of the grant funding will be used for direct support of the schools that show the greatest opportunity for improvement. The Iowa Department of Education will provide resources and work with those schools to implement activities that improve conditions for learning.
Information will be gathered each year for four years. By the fourth year, the final survey will show the nation how much progress Iowa has made in improving conditions for learning.
"It's our responsibility to offer Iowa students our support and give them the best environment we can for them to learn and succeed," added Glass. "In doing so, we will once again reclaim our status as the national leader in education."
High schools were randomly selected across the state and have agreed to participate in this important program. Below is a list of the participating schools across the state.
In addition, to receive online updates the program can be following on Facebook and Twitter:
|District Name||School Name||Enrollment|
|Armstrong-Ringsted||Armstrong-Ringsted MS/High School||200|
|Bettendorf||Bettendorf High School||1438|
|Bondurant-Farrar||Bondurant-Farrar High School||395|
|Burlington||Burlington Community High School||1,165|
|Cardinal||Cardinal Middle-Senior High School||228|
|Clear Creek Amana||Clear Creek Amana High School||509|
|Columbus||Columbus Community High School||305|
|Council Bluffs||Thomas Jefferson High School||1294|
|Davenport||Central High School||1420|
|Des Moines Independent||East High School||2270|
|Dike-New Hartford||Dike-New Hartford High School||235|
|Dubuque||Dubuque Senior High School||1551|
|East Greene||East Greene||200|
|Edgewood-Colesburg||Edgewood-Colesburg High School||202|
|Farragut||Farragut Senior High School||200|
|Forest City||Forest City High School||359|
|Glenwood||Glenwood Senior High School||676|
|GMG||GMG Secondary School||200|
|Harris-Lake Park||Harris-Lake Park High School||200|
|Iowa Valley||Glenwood Senior High School||676|
|Keokuk||Keokuk High School||675|
|Manson Northwest Webster||Manson Northwest Webster Junior High/High School||261|
|Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn||Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community High School||200|
|MFL MarMac||MFL MarMac High School||261|
|Northeast Hamilton||Northeast Hamilton High School||200|
|Oelwein||Oelwein High School||385|
|Olin Consolidated||Olin Junior-Senior High School||200|
|Ottumwa||Ottumwa High School||1364|
|Perry||Perry High School||570|
|Sioux City||North High School||1436|
|Solon||Solon High School||443|
|Waterloo||East High School||1078|
|West Delaware County||West Delaware High School||540|
|West Sioux||West Sioux High School||200|
|Winfield-Mt Union||Winfield-Mt Union Jr-Sr High School||200|