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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Sept. 7, 2009

Agency Closed in observance of Labor Day

Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting, Sixth Street Office

Iowa ACT Scores Improve - Not Enough, Says The Register

Earlier this week, the Iowa Department of Education announced that Iowa students taking the ACT had the second highest average composite score for states testing the majority of their graduating seniors. The average ACT composite score for Iowa students this year was 22.4, which is the same as last year. Minnesota is again first with 22.7 out of a possible 36.

Following up on this news, The Des Moines Register reported, "only 29 percent of [Iowa] high school students who took the college entrance exam scored high enough to show they were ready to pass all of their college classes. Nationwide, only 23 percent of students did."

Students who take a more rigorous set of classes, including four years of English and at least three years of science, social studies and mathematics classes show a significantly higher level of college readiness, according to the DE. In Iowa, those who reported taking core courses achieved an average composite ACT score of 23.1. Those that reported taking lighter loads in core areas had an average composite score of 20.1. This compares to the nationwide score of 22.0 and 19.1, respectively.

African-American students made the greatest gain compared to last year, with a 0.5 composite score increase. African-American students had an average composite score of 17.8 in 2008 and jumped to 18.3 in 2009. In addition, more African-American students took the test, going from 435 last year to 448 this year. Overall, minority participation increased by 107 students, relative to the class of 2008.

Videos from All Agency Event

For those of you who would like to again view the videos screened at the All Agency meeting, here are links to those pieces:
Playing For Change....4
Dalton Sherman speech....8:04
Vision of K12 Students today....4:08
Skating Babies....1:05

Insurance ID Cards

Employees enrolled in the Agency's group dental plan will be receiving new Delta Dental identification cards soon. There have been no changes to our dental plans; however it has been a long time since ID cards have been issued, so a request has been made for a mass print for all current participants.

A reminder to employees again; the Agency changed vision plan carriers effective July 1, 2009. For services after this date, participating employees should present their new EyeMed Vision Care identification card.

Questions regarding Agency benefits can be directed to Cathy Kearns in the business office at Ext. 6706 or

H1N1 Update from Iowa Dept. of Health

A free operator-assisted teleconference will be offered by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Wednesday, August 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. for schools, childcare and social settings. The target audience for this session is school nurses, childcare providers and persons supervising or coordinating social gatherings. No registration is required, and the IDPH asks people to limit calls to one phone line per site.

The session will provide an overview of H1N1 and seasonal influenza, guidelines for testing and result interpretation, public health surveillance and individuals' roles in prevention and control.

If you or some you know needs to participate, have them dial 877-313-6467. The participant code is 24737355.

Child Check screening schedule available online

The 2009-2010 Child Check Developmental Screening schedule is available on the Grant Wood AEA website at

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Note of Thanks

My daughter and I would like to thank everyone for the support shown to us during the time of her dad's passing. The thoughts, prayers, cards, memorials, hugs and words of sympathy have put us on the road to healing.

Kathy Resewehr

Lost and Found

Found: photo album of a new house being built. Photos were printed at Target on Dec 6, 2007. Contact Cathy Nelson at the agency switchboard if it's yours.

Vacancies, August 21, 2009


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