State law requires parent or family member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Iowa Administrative Code 281-12.4 Education Program.
The following education program Standard shall be met by schools and school districts for accreditation with the start of the 1989-1990 school year.
12.5(8) Multicultural and gender fair approaches to the educational program. The board shall establish a policy to ensure that students are free from discriminatory practices in the educational program as required by Iowa Code section 256.11. In developing or revising the policy, parents, students, instructional and noninstructional staff, and community members shall be involved. Each school or school district shall incorporate multicultural and gender fair goals for the educational program into its comprehensive school improvement plan. Incorporation shall include the following: ...
12.5(13) Provisions for at-risk students. Each school district shall make provision for meeting the needs of at-risk students: valid and systematic procedures and criteria to identify at-risk students throughout the school district's school-age population, determination of appropriate ongoing educational strategies for alternative options education programs as required in Iowa Code section 280.19A, and review and evaluation of the effectiveness of provisions for at-risk students. This subrule does not apply to accredited nonpublic schools.
Provisions for at-risk students shall align with the student learning goals and content Standard established by the school district or by school districts participating in a consortium. The comprehensive school improvement plan shall also include objectives, activities, cooperative arrangements with other service agencies and service groups, and strategies for parental involvement to meet the needs of at-risk children.
Iowa Administrative Code 281-12.8 Accountability for student achievement.
12.8(1) Comprehensive school improvement. The general accreditation Standard are minimum, uniform requirements. However, the department encourages schools and school districts to go beyond the minimum with their work toward ongoing improvement. As a means to this end, local comprehensive school improvement plans shall be specific to a school or school district and designed, at a minimum, to increase the learning, achievement, and performance of all students.
As a part of ongoing improvement in its educational system, the board shall adopt a written comprehensive school improvement plan designed for continuous school, parental, and community involvement in the development and monitoring of a plan that is aligned with school or school district determined needs. The plan shall incorporate, to the extent possible, the consolidation of federal and state planning, goal setting, and reporting requirements. The plan shall contain, but is not limited to, the following components:
a. Community involvement.
(1) Local community. The school or school district shall involve the local community in decision-making processes as appropriate. The school or school district shall seek input from the local community about, but not limited to, the following elements at least once every five years:
Statement of philosophy, beliefs, mission, or vision;
Major educational needs; and
Student learning goals.
(2) School improvement advisory committee. To meet requirements of Iowa Code section 280.12(2) as amended by 2007 Iowa Acts, Senate File 61, section 1, the board shall appoint and charge a school improvement advisory committee to make recommendations to the board. Based on the committee members' analysis of the needs assessment data, the committee shall make recommendations to the board about the following components:
Major educational needs;
Student learning goals;
Long-range goals that include, but are not limited to, the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement; and
Harassment or bullying prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives.
(3) At least annually, the school improvement advisory committee shall also make recommendations to the board with regard to, but not limited to, the following:
Progress achieved with the annual improvement goals for the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science in subrule 12.8(3);
Progress achieved with other locally determined core indicators; and
Annual improvement goals for the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement.
Iowa Code 280.12 School improvement advisory committee.
The board of directors of each public school district and the authorities in charge of each nonpublic school shall do the following:
- Appoint a school improvement advisory committee to make recommendations to the board or authorities. The advisory committee shall consist of members representing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives from the local community, which may include representatives of business, industry, labor, community agencies, higher education, or other community constituents. To the extent possible, committee membership shall have balanced representation with regard to race, gender, national origin, and disability.
- Utilize the recommendations from the school improvement advisory committee to determine the following:
- a. Major educational needs.
- b. Student learning goals.
- c. Long-range and annual improvement goals that include, but are not limited to, the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement.
- d. Desired levels of student performance.
- e. Progress toward meeting the goals set out in paragraphs “b” through “d”.
- f. Harassment or bullying prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives.
- Consider recommendations from the school improvement advisory committee to infuse character education into the educational program.
Public School District Annual Assurances 2020-21
Document details parent involvement in familly engagement through boards and planning.