Award Year: 2014

Northeast Elementary School

1705 NE Trilein
Ankeny, IA, 50021-4550

(515) 965-9620

Mrs. Tara Owen, Principal at time of Nomination

Ankeny Comm School District

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Northeast Elementary School is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Northeast teachers collaborating to ensure differentiated instruction for students.

Northeast teachers collaborating to ensure differentiated instruction for students.

In November of 2013, Northeast Elementary School was one of 6 schools in the state of Iowa to be recognized for a "Breaking Barriers Award." The school was recognized specifically in the area of dramatic improvements in the proficiency of students with IEP's. In Iowa on average, only 32.31% of students with IEP’s are proficient in reading and math, or 67% fall short of the state expectations. At Northeast, students with IEP’s are averaging 75.86% proficiency in reading and math. To break that down, 72.41% are proficient in reading and 79.31% are proficient in math.

Northeast has focused on the implementation of professional learning communities, building curricular and content area background, formative assessments, analyzing data, the integration of technology tools and applications, and differentiation to meet learner needs. As teachers were engaged in this learning, two areas of additional interest evolved: the implementation of quality interventions and the potential of co-teaching to support students needs. As teachers were learning their new curriculum and learning more about the importance of teacher collaboration, several teachers expressed an interest in co-teaching to support students, particularly special education students. Over the last few years, teachers, of both special education and general education, have worked together co-teaching to support students with IEP's in the area of math and reading in 4th and 5th grade. Northeast believes the school-wide implementation and accountability for quality interventions and the opportunities for co-teaching provides students with instruction matched to their needs.