At the Iowa State Board of Education’s Nov. 16, 2022 meeting, the State Board granted Heartland AEA full accreditation status. An accredited status indicates that the Agency has met all requirements for services designated by Chapter 72 of the Iowa Administrative Code.

“Our staff members and school districts have a high level of commitment to achieving positive outcomes for students,” Dr. Jon Sheldahl, Heartland AEA Chief Administrator, said. “It’s evident in our accreditation report that through relationship building and collaboration, we are meeting challenges and finding success.”

In September 2022, an Accreditation team from the Iowa Department of Education visited Heartland AEA to conduct a site visit and interviews with stakeholder groups such as district administrators, teachers, parents and our own Heartland AEA staff to receive feedback about the Agency’s programs and services. They also conducted a desk audit of various documents that reinforced the interviews. This feedback supports our agency’s continuous improvement efforts to succeed in our mission to improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth.

The accreditation process was established through Iowa Administrative Code 281.72 to determine whether each AEA has met the accreditation standards.

The Accreditation team noted that educators and parents who participated in interviews said they appreciate Heartland AEA staff members’:

  • knowledge
  • focus on relationship building
  • responsiveness
  • data-based decision making

You can read the full report below.

2022 Heartland AEA Accreditation Report

We thank everyone who assisted in the Site Visit process, including those who gathered documents, secured interviewees and participated in interviews.


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