How were the Phase One schools selected?

Districts and elementary schools participated in a Readiness Survey.Those results were used (1) to determine the first group to have free access to Iowa’s Statewide MTSS Data System, assessments, training, support and coaching in the area of early literacy, and (2) to guide development of state-wide and local supports for this work. 

Who took the survey?
  1. The District Superintendent. The focus of the superintendent should be on all elementary schools within the district, as well as his/her own beliefs.  Further, the superintendent will need to consult with district technology staff to answer questions regarding building bandwidth, access to computers and other specific technical inquiries to determine adequate support for Iowa’s RtI Data System and Assessments.
  2. Building Principal – Elementary.  The focus of the principal should be on all staff within the school, as well as his/her own beliefs/work.
  3. Elementary Building Faculty/Staff.  All school faculty and staff involved directly with teaching and learning for students need to complete the survey with a focus on districts/building supports, as well as their own beliefs/work.
  4. AEA Administration and all personnel with schools. All AEA administration and those personnel who work with schools need to complete the survey with a focus on their own beliefs/work. 
  5. Department – Division of Learning and Results.  All staff within the Division of Learning and Results need to complete the survey with a focus on their own beliefs/work.

What does Transformation Phase One mean?

The state will take the data system, assessments, training, support and coaching in the area of early literacy to scale by engaging groups of elementary schools in four different phases for implementation.  The first group began in fall 2013.  Selection of this first group, and the subsequent three groups, will be based in large part on the result of this survey.  Additional components to selection include achievement, enrollment, and equitable distribution across the state.  The four groups are distributed as follows:

  • The first group will be approximately 10 percent of the districts/schools in Iowa.
  • The second group will be approximately 20 percent of the districts/schools in Iowa.
  • The third group will be approximately 30 percent of the districts/schools in Iowa.
  • The forth group will be approximately 40 percent of the districts/schools in Iowa.
Transformation phases do not denote years – it may be that the first two groups engage in 2013-2014, and the remaining groups engage in fall 2014.  The pace at which groups engage will be determined on the basis of criteria met across specific components of implementation.

Important Note
It is important to note that NOT ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN DISTRICT may be selected as part of the first group to access the data system, assessments, training, support and coaching in the area of early literacy.  It may be that only one school in district will be selected to participate; it may be that all schools will be selected to participate.  Results of the survey combined with equitable distribution across the state will determine this.


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