Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 8, 2013

Great Prairie AEA earns full accreditation

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Great Prairie AEA announced that it has earned continued full accreditation from the Iowa State Board of Education.

At the Iowa Board of Education meeting on Sept. 26 President Rosie Hussey stated, “We rely on the AEAs for helping to carry out our state priorities in education.” Board member Diane Crookham-Johnson added, “[AEAs] provide a very important safety net to young children and the families of young children in Iowa.”

Great Prairie AEA fully met all nine standards for Iowa’s AEAs and received no non-compliance ratings. Iowa’s nine AEAs receive accreditation site visits every five years.

“Our staff members and school districts have a high level of commitment to achieving positive outcomes for students,” commented Dr. Jon Sheldahl, chief administrator. “It is evident in our accreditation report that through hard work and collaboration, we are meeting challenges and finding success.”

The overall report identifies strengths the agency has exhibited in each of the standards for which the AEA is evaluated. It also makes recommendations for possible improvements the agency may wish to implement.

Visit for a copy of the report.