The Ames School Board will discuss the District’s proposed criteria for defining student success during its meeting Monday, Nov. 9.

Led by Vice President Tim Rasmussen and Director Alisa Frandsen, the discussion will present proposed definitions for success in the areas of literacy, math, science, graduation rates, professional learning communities and the multi-tier system of support.

Rasmussen and Frandsen serve on the Board’s Teaching and Learning Committee, which drafted success standards at its Oct. 29 meeting. The proposed standards, which the Board will review, define success as:

  • Proficient and/or demonstrating at least one year’s growth on Iowa Assessments for grades three through 11 in math, science and reading comprehension.
  • Reading at grade level or above at the end of grade three.
  • Graduation rate at 95 percent and/or exceeding the state graduation rate.
  • Each teacher being an active, contributing member of a professional learning community.
  • Routine review of core instruction at each building and grade level using convergent data,
  • A plan in place to address tier 2 and tier 3 student needs.

The Board will also discuss how the District will implement the new Iowa science standards, adopted by the Iowa Department of Education in August. Teacher on Special Assignment Kari Smith will present what the District is doing to prepare and Aileen Sullivan, high school science department liaison, will present how 10th grade courses will meet the new standards.

The Board provides an opportunity for the public to speak during its Public Forum at each regular meeting.  School Board meetings are held in the Ames High School Multipurpose Room, 1921 Ames High Dr. Meetings begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.