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Differentiated Accountability (DA) System


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Differentiated Accountability (DA) 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 essential to continuous improvement in education: Assessment and Data-Based Decision-Making, Universal Instruction, Intervention System, Leadership, and Infrastructure. More information on continuous improvement and compliance can be found on this page.

Differentiated Accountability Summary for 2017-2018

Continuous Improvement

Differentiated Accountability 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
  • SAMI
  • Universal Tier Tools
  • Intervention System
  • More Resources; Collaborative Inquiry Questions


Upcoming Webinars

Follow this link for all our ESSA School Improvement webinars and PowerPoints for Spring 2018. 

Follow this link for webinar support for the 2019-2020 Universal Preschool Desk Audit: Evidence of IQPPS Implementation

Webinar Recordings

Date Topic Materials (if applicable)
02/23/18 ESSA Overview Presentation Slides
09/15/17 AEA and K-12 Universal Desk Audits 17-18  
05/12/17 2017-18 K-12 Universal Desk Audit Presentation Slides

Mathematics Universal Screening Tools

Universal Desk Audit

All AEAs, districts, preschool programs, and nonpublic schools will submit initial universal desk audit information for compliance with state and federal legal requirements. If needed, further compliance review through more detailed desk audit, remote interview, or on-site will be conducted at a targeted or intensive level.

AEA, Preschool, and K-12 desk audit information will be submitted through Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) which is available through the education portal. Desk audits open on September 15th and close on December 15th.

AEA Desk Audit:

K-12 Desk Audit:

Preschool Desk Audit:

English Learner Desk Audit Pilot:

Desk Audit Contacts

K-12 and AEA

Eric Heitz


Jennifer Adkins

Tim Glenn

School Improvement Consultants

Statewide School Improvement Team


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 20, 2020 at 12:36am.