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Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency Receives Full Accreditation

October 5, 2005

September 13, 2005 – Judy Jeffrey, Director of the Iowa Department of Education announced that the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) has been fully accredited. Accreditation status was determined by an evaluation of eight standards against the Criteria for Standards pursuant to 281– IAC Chapter 72. This is the second audit process for the agency, both have resulted in full accreditation.

“Iowa’s Area Education Agencies are a critical part of the support structure for schools and ultimately for children. With so much at stake, maintaining high standards or quality in programs and services is a top priority,” said Pam Fitzenmaier, Iowa Department of Education Administrator and Chair of the Mississippi Bend AEA’s Accreditation Team.

“Receiving full accreditation is gratifying in that it demonstrates that our efforts are making a real difference in the quality of teaching and learning within Area Nine. We look at this confirmation of our past and present efforts as an opportunity to celebrate our successes and begin the task of taking on our new challenges with confidence and determination,” said Glenn Pelecky, Chief Administrator of the Mississippi Bend AEA.

Local district interviewees expressed appreciation of agency staff who maintain quality of services despite budget and time constraints. They also felt that the assistance offered to Schools in Need of Assistance (SINA) schools has been particularly valuable in supporting the changes needed to improve student achievement in response to the No Child Left Behind Act. The Mississippi Bend AEA reallocated resources to address the needs of SINA schools and assure that these schools have access to the expertise they need.

Mississippi Bend AEA programs and services were assessed in relation to eleven criteria. Programs and services:

  • Respond to the needs of schools and school districts.
  • Are data-based.
  • Are research-driven.
  • Demonstrate proactive leadership.
  • Are supported by aligned agency resources.
  • Are equitable available.
  • Align with agency-wide goals.
  • Action plans include evidence of meeting all standards for services.
  • Include a process to monitor the implementation of the service.
  • Include a system of measuring thee effectiveness of services.
  • Include a system for measuring the efficiency of services.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, color, gender, national origin, creed, age, marital status or disability in its educational programs, services or employment practices. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to Tom Wirtz, Equity Coordinator, 729-21st Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Telephone number (563) 344-6410.

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