The Department of Education requires all schools to be in a state of “continuous improvement”. What does that mean for the Anamosa Community School District?
For starters, it means that a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, commonly referred to as the CSIP, must be written and updated on an annual basis. This plan provides answers to the following four questions: What does data tell us about our student learning needs? What do/will we do to meet student learning needs? How do/will we know student learning has changed? How will we evaluate our programs and services to ensure improved student learning?
With the purpose of monitoring progress toward student learning goals, each district is required to form a school improvement advisory council. In Anamosa, we refer to this group as the Cadre. The members of the group include parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community representatives. The Cadre meets throughout the school year to study student achievement data and other information pertinent to the district. In the spring, recommendations regarding CSIP goals and action plans are made to the school board.
Many reports must be submitted to the Department of Education each year, including the Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP) and the Annual Progress Report (APR). The AYP identifies whether we have achieved the student achievement goals that the state has set for us. The APR identifies whether we have achieved the goals we have set for ourselves.
You can use the Online State Report Card – Search here to find assessment results, demographic data, Finance Report Card, Annual Progress Report, Consolidated School Improvement Plan and Iowa Core implementation Plan.