Every Student Succeeds Act - Parent Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The state has released new information on school performance as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

  • A new online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles reflects how public schools performed on a set of core accountability measures, such as results on the statewide assessment.  The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. These subgroups include students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, students receiving special education services, English learners, and students from racial/ethnic minority groups.
  • Based on these scores, some schools in Iowa have been identified for additional support and improvement.  An identification as comprehensive is based on overall performance, while an identification as targeted is based on the performance of student subgroups.  

Based on this new system of school accountability and support under ESSA, none of our schools were identified as comprehensive.  The middle school was identified as targeted for the subgroup of students receiving special education services.

Over the next three years, the middle school will receive federal funding and resources from the state and our area education agency to create and implement a plan for improvement.  Even though only the middle school will receive funding, all of our schools will be studying current results and developing plans for improvement. We look forward to addressing our needs through this process, which we view as an opportunity to build on the many great things we have going on in Davis County.  

For more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, you can visit the following website:  www.iaschoolperformance.gov.  Thank you for your continued support of our schools, our staff, and our students.  

Click here for a PDF version of ESSA Parent Letter 2.