If a school building or district does not meet one of the following for two consecutive years, it will be labelled as "in need of improvement":
- Achieve a 95% participation rate for all students enrolled (or for any subgroup) at the time of testing.
- Achieve the AMO for the grade level and content area. for any group or subgroup. or fall within the bounds of statistical similarity. or meet safe harbor requirements as specified in federal regulations or meet growth according to Iowa's approved growth model.
- Maintain or make progress toward the state's target for graduation rate (high school). or average daily attendance (elementary and middle school).