The Iowa legislature has tasked the AEAs to convene a work group that is made up of representation from the Iowa Department of Education, Community Colleges and school districts. This group is examining K-12 online learning opportunities to make recommendations to the legislature on Oct. 15 for:

  • Identifying the current offerings for and needs of districts
  • Identifying areas for efficiencies via partnerships between the aforementioned stakeholder groups
  • Identifying measures for quality assurance

To take advantage of this opportunity, the work group has created a short needs-assessment survey about the current needs districts have regarding K-12 online learning opportunities. We encourage anyone involved with programmatic decisions regarding online learning to complete the survey. This might include superintendents, building principals, curriculum and technology directors, school counselors, and many other staff members. Each district is different.

The survey can be found at and will be open until Sept. 7. Please forward this information to other individuals within the district so that we may hear from everyone.

Your input will have a direct effect on legislative recommendations, as well as future actions from the statewide system. For questions about the survey or the current work group, contact Evan Abbey, Program Director for AEA Learning Online,, 1-800-255-0405 x14511.