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Education Division of Learning and Results
Area Education Agency Annual Progress Report (AEA-APR)  2012-2013
The AEA-APR is a report of prior-school-year data and is combined Public and Non-Public data.
AEA Information
Authorized Agency
(Prior Year Data)
Grant Wood AEA
4401 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

AEA: AEA 10 Grant Wood (district filed under aea control code 9210)
AEA's District-Building Code: 9210 - 0000
Primary AEA-APR Contact
Name:   George Held
Title:   Communications Supervisor
Telephone:   319 - 399 - 6714  Extension:
FAX:   319 - 399 - 6457
Email:   Click, below, to email contact:
  gheld@gwaea.org

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INSTRUCTIONS
281--IAC 72.10(2)(a)
  • Baseline and trend line data related to each agency-wide goal should be included in this section.
  • The agency's data on success indicators or effectiveness should be aligned to agency-wide goal performance. These data may help describe progress toward goal attainment.
  • The agency describes when each agency-wide goal was established -- within the "Goal" textbox.
  • if less than three years of data are available an explanation is provided in the textbox for the missing years.
Agency-Wide Goals
Goal Title  21st Century Skills
Goal
Include goal statement, year established, and baseline.
Increase student acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge.

Goal created in fall of 2009.

After further analysis of the information contained in the Self Study document, we determined we could not use the data we had hoped to use for our goals analysis. As an alternative, we asked each of our Regional Administrators to assess whether or not each of the districts they work with has made student development in each of the five key 21st Century skills a priority. We also asked if our AEA has been involved with supporting this effort.
 
Progress Toward Agency-Wide Goals
School Year 2012-2013 Two years ago, the agency fine-tuned its evaluation of this goal by adding a question to the customer survey: ''Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following: Services provided by GWAEA have contributed to acquisition of 21st C skills and knowledge.'' This question is now used to evaluate the extent the agency is considered helpful in acquisition of this common core skill. For this question, responses were filtered to only teachers. In 2013, the N was 1548 teacher responses.

The total responses of teachers who either agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement, ''Services provided by GWAEA have contributed to acquisition of 21st C skills and knowledge,'' were as follows:
2011 (baseline year) - 70.5%
2012 - 70.7%
2013 - 68.2%

Progress toward Agency-Wide Goals 2012-13
Growth in the LEAs use of the agencys many online database resources available through AEA Online has grown astronomically. Part of this is due to how some of the resources capture and count hits to their sites. Still, we have grown from a total of 2.6 million (baseline year) to 123.7 million hits in the 2012-2013 school year. The agency has become one of the largest Internet aggregators in the state, providing over 2.5 gigabytes of bandwidth to the public and nonpublic schools accessing the Internet through the agency.

The agency continues to offer training in 21st Century technology skills, and we now have four, full-time consultants providing training and working with the schools. These classes draw high levels of participation and glowing evaluations from participants. Training for superintendents, school administrators, teachers and agency staff continues in the best practices and use of Google tools - documents, groups, circles, sites, email, etc.

In an effort to support the districts and nonpublic schools efforts to provide quality technology-focused education for their students, the AEAs have entered into a three-year contract with Clarity Bright Bytes, which has created a rigorous survey instrument and report interface that allows the districts and the AEAs to get feedback from teachers, students and parents regarding the level of development their schools have in the area of technology. The reports provide a range of proficiency from ''beginning'' to ''exemplary.'' The survey also covers classrooms, access to the Internet, skills of the students and the teachers, and the schools overall technology environment.

We are hopeful that this tool will help the schools better determine their students and teachers needs as they collect meaningful data for their individual schools and districts. Our agencys school technology consultants will also engage in assisting the schools in AEA10 so that they are providing contemporary, effective pedagogy on behalf of all learners.

School Year 2011-2012
Prior data pulled forward to the current year is not editable and is for review, only.
In 2011, the agency fine-tuned its evaluation of this goal by adding a question to the customer survey: ''Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following: Services provided by GWAEA have contributed to acquisition of 21st C skills and knowledge.'' This question is now used to evaluate the extent the agency is considered helpful in acquisition of this common core skill.For this question, responses were filtered to only teachers. In 2012, the N was 942 teacher responses.

The total responses of teachers who either agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement, ''Services provided by GWAEA have contributed to acquisition of 21st C skills and knowledge,'' were as follows:
2011 (baseline year) - 70.5%
2012 - 70.7%

Progress toward Agency-Wide Goals 2011-12
The agencys media center has begun to increase intensive training available to schools in the use of the many online database resources available through AEA Online. As a result of this work, the number of hits to these databases increased nearly seven-fold going from a total of 2,661,741 times in the 2010-11 school year to 17,942,393 in the 2011-12 school year.

The agency continues to offer training in 21st Century technology skills. These classes draw high levels of participation. Training for superintendents, school administrators, teachers and agency staff continues in the best practices and use of Google docs and sites.

The agency continues to provide district/building level support. Several districts have had AEA10 technology consultants work with students to create district-wide technical support teams for other students and district staff. In each case where this has been tried, the students support has been widely acclaimed.

The agency has also led the way in support for innovative educational practices, which support student initiative and self-directed learning. This is part of the larger picture of teaching students to become life-long learners in all they do. The Eastern Iowa Compact and work with superintendents at the superintendent learning have supported these concepts.

School Year 2010-2011
Prior data pulled forward to the current year is not editable and is for review, only.
The above-mentioned measurement was abandoned and replaced. This year, the agency asked survey participants to indicate their level of agreement with the statement, "Services provided by Grant Wood AEA have contributed to students acquisition and application of 21st century skills and knowledge." This question will be used to evaluate to what extent the agency is considered helpful in acquisition of this common core skill.

For this question, responses were filtered to only teachers. This reduced the N to 1,962. Out of this group, a total of 70.5% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement. This will be the agencys baseline number, and progress will be evaluated against this in the future.

The total responses were as follows:
21%           Strongly Agree
49%           Agree
9%           Disagree
1%           Strongly Disagree
13%           I dont have an opinion

Progress toward Agency-Wide Goals 2010-11
The agency continues to offer training in 21st Century technology skills. These classes draw maximum participation levels. The agency further promoted technology literacy with a number of the districts in this area and across the state with the introduction of its VREP (Virtual Reality Educational Pathfinders) program. More information about this initiative can be found at http://www.vrep.org.

Superintendents participate in monthly learning sessions. As a result of the agencys successful acquisition of Google apps for Iowa, the agency spent the last year training staff, teachers, and administrators in how to use Google docs and sites.

The agency continues to provide district/building level support. Several districts have had AEA10 technology consultants work with students to create district-wide technical support teams for other students and district staff. In each case where this has been tried, the students support has been widely acclaimed.