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PageVTe‘ii f" I NIWmen‘Town and County News Thursday, September 17, 2015 Teen Driver Safety Tire Rack Street Sur- vival® Teen Driving School will be at the Iowa Speedway, 3333 Rusty Wallace Dr, Newton, Sun- day, Oct. 4; 8 a.m. — 5 pm. Car crashes are. the lead- ing killer of American teens from ages 15 — 20, with more than 5,000 teens involved in a fatal crash each year and an addi- tional 196,000 injured. Tire Rack Street Sur- vival® is a 501c3 organiza- tion and is the largest ac- tive non-profit national driver education program that teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive be- hind the wheel. Unlike tra- ditional driver’s education programs based on class- room theory and simple maneuvers, the Tire Rack Street Survival® program improves driver compe- tence through hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations. Students will receive a I short classroom session A and thenwillleam, hands- on, how to manage every- day driving hazards, ob- stacles and challenges in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course to ultimately ’ar- rive alive.’ ' Students learn emer- gency braking and skid control, how to control proper braking, and how to avoid, accidents en- tirely. In select schools, in addition to spending time in the driver’s seat of parked 18-wheeler to fully comprehend its massive blind spots, teenagers wit- ness the violent detonation of an air bag, which rein- forces proper hand place- ment on the steering wheel. Students are taught in their own cars, not spe- cially prepared program vehicles, so the skills they learn can be directly trans- lated to their daily driving experiences. Tire Rack Street Survival® chal- lenges teenagers to un- derstand how to control a vehicle, rather than just operate one. Tire: Rack Street Sur- vival® is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15 —21. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at www.streetsurviva1.0rg. The cost is $75 per student and some insurance com- panies offer premium dis- counts to graduates. Larry Hughes BLACK GOLD REALTY Building for Sale 1400 Sunset Drive. Business is NOT for Sale. BUILDING ONLY! - $95,000 Approximately 1,284 sq. ft. Lot: 90' x 142'; 12,780 sq. ft. 2015 No Child Left Behind Results Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today said this year’s report on student performance under the federal No Child Left Behind law reflects a flawed system of school accountability rather than the work of Iowa’s classrooms, and he expressed optimism that a long-overdue revision of the federal law is on the horizon. More Iowa schools and districts fell short of annual targets set through No Child Left Behind and more were identified as “in need of assistance” based on student performance on state tests taken during the 2014-15 school year, according to the 2015 State Report Card for No Child Left Behind, released today. "We know the majority of our schools and districts are not failing,” Wise said. "While Ibelieve in account— ability and high expectations, states and schools deserve a system that drives student learning and is based on improvement.” While most states have obtained a waiver from com- ponents of No Child Left Behind, Iowa must continue to follow the federal law until it is reauthorized. "I am optimistic that the Congressional efforts un- der way to overhaul No Child Left Behind will bring much-needed relief to Iowa,” Wise said. "We need a system of accountability that sets clear parameters While allowing flexibilityto meet educational goals that make sense for individual states.” Adequate Yearly Progress Results No Child Left Behind requires public schools and districts to meet targets for "Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) for the overall student population and for demo- graphic subgroups of students in grades 3—8 and 11. These subgroups include socio-economic status, limited English proficiency, race/ethnicity and special educa- tion. Schools must meet all targets in every student group to meet AYP and must test 95 percent of students in each group. This means that an entire school can miss AYP based on the performance of a few students. The percentage of students required to meet grade- .level standards in reading and mathematics has in—‘ . creased over time. In Iowa, the target proficiency rate climbed from 80 percent in 2011-12 to 94 percent in 2012-. 13 to 100 percent in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Results from the State Report Card show 1,090 of 1,336 public schools (81.6 percent) missed AYP for test ' participation or proficiency in reading and mathemat- ics in the 2014-15 school year. A total of 147 of 338 school districts (43.5 percent) missed AYP in 2014-15. Schools and Districts "In Need of Assistance” Schools and districts that do not meet AYP targets in either the "all students” group or any one of the demo- graphic subgroups within the required grade spans in reading or math for two years in a row are identified as "in need of assistance.” Districts and schools remain "in need of assistance” until they have met AYP for two consecutive years. Based on 2014-15 performance, 874 of Iowa’s 1,336 public schools (65.4 percent) were identified as "in need of assistance." This is an increase of 11 percent from the 54.4 percent identified the year before. A total of 50 of 338 school districts (14.8 percent) were identified as districts in need of assistance based on stu- dent performance in the 2014-15 school year. This is up from the 13 percent of districts identified the year be- fore. Public schools that receive federal Title I funding and are identified as “in need of assistance” face conse- quences under No Child Left Behind. The consequences associated with various stages of "in need of assistance” are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website (the files are marked "SINA and DINA Timelines"). The 2015 State Report Card is available on the Iowa Department of Education's website: httpszl/ www.educateiowa.gov/documents/state—report-card/ 2015/09/state-report-card-no-child-left-behind-2014- 2015. ' 515-681-6310 Application Process for Teach Iowa Scholar Program Iowa College Aid today announced the start of the application process for the 2015-16 Teach Iowa Scholar program. The Teach Iowa Scholar program helps meet the needs of Iowa schools by awarding up to $20,000 to teachers who graduated in the top 25 percent of their teacher preparation programs and who teach in state- designated shortage subjects. To be eligible for a Teach Iowa Scholar award, a teacher must meet the following criteria: Completed a teacher preparation program on or after January 1, 2013; Graduated in the top 25 percent of his or her teacher preparation program (teachers who graduated from an out-of—state college are eligible); Be under contract dur— ing the 2015—16 school year at an Iowa school, teaching in a shortage field (a list of such fields can be found here); and Submit a Teach Iowa Scholar application by November 20, 2015. Karen Misjak, executive director of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, said that the Teach Iowa Scholar program is a win-win for both new teachers and the state. , , "The Teach Iowa Scholar program incentives young people to consider teaching as a profession and to start 1 their careers in Iowa,” said Misjak. "The program is an investment in Iowa's future and has the added benefit of reducing the burden of student loan debt for our new teachers.” Eligible teachers may receive awards up to $4,000 per year up to five years, not to exceed $20,000 total. Teach- ers selected for the program will receive their payments in June, 2016, after employment for the 2015-16 school year has been confirmed. Payment can be made in the form of: V *A lump-sum payment toward the teacher ’5 outstand- ing federal student loan balance; or *A lump sum payment to the individual teacher. Pay- ments issued to individual teachers are considered tax— able income and the State of Iowa will issue a 1099 MISC for tax-filing purposes. , . Interested teachers can find a detailed list of the teacher shortage fields, including required endorse- ments, as well as begin the Teach Iowa Scholar applica- tion process at Iowa College Aid’s website (https:// ,www.iowacollegeaid.gov/teachiowascholar). Great Iowa Ti'easure Hunt Gears Up for Fall Publication BAMBlNO'S RESTAURANT 2025 Grand Ave., West Des Moines 20th Anniversary! 1995-2015 COME CELEBRATE WITH US. Tues: Discounted homemade fried chicken Wed: Half-off pizza Thurs: AII-you-can-eat spaghetti, no cork fee' Tues-Fri, 11 a.m. to close; Sat, 4 pm. to close 225-4842 State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald’s Great Iowa Treasure Hunt’s fall publi- cation is scheduled to be released soon. "The up- cOming publication has the most up-to-date un- claimed property listings in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, so make sure to search, even if you’ve checked before. A lot of Iowans may be pleasantly surprised,” said Fitzgerald. "You may also search for your name any time by visiting Great IowaTreasureHunt.gov." The Great Iowa Trea- sure Hunt program has returned over $198 million in unclaimed property to more than'468,000 indi- viduals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Un- claimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institu- tions or companies that have lost contact with the property’s owner for a spe- cific period of time. State law requires these institu- tions and companies to annually report and de- liver unclaimed property to the state treasurer’s of- fice, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Com- mon forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, . stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, util- ity security deposits, safe deposit box contents and many other types of prop- erty. Visit the Great Iowa Trea— sure Hunt at GreatIowaTreasureHuntgov tobegin your search Be sure to like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and fol- low the program on Twitter (@GreatIATreasure). ' Grimes, PHOTO PRINTING is a full commercial printer. Call us for your flyers, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, magazines, newsletters, books, etc. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st St., Carlisle, IA 50047 515-989-3251 Cultural Enrichment Grant The Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Cultural Enrichment Grant by Bra- vo Greater Des Moines for fiscal year 2016. The Iowa Architectural Foundation's $3,500 award will be used to support the Foundation in develop- ment of a new responsive website. For the past two years, the Foundation has been awarded the same Cultural Enrichment Grant which has been used to enhance the Founda- tion’s architectural sum- mer walking tours through a mobile website and tablet purchase. This year’s grant will expand on these accomplishments by further enhancing the Foundation’s online pres- ence and available online resources. The Iowa Architectural Foundation has contracted with Iuicebox Interactive to create the new website. The new site will be avail- able to the public in 2016. The Iowa Architectural Foundation is one of 60 Central Iowa arts, culture and, heritage organiza- tions awarded Cultural Enrichment Grants by Bra- vo Des Moines for fiscal year 2016. Cultural Enrich- ment Grants support the operations, programs, ac- tivities and educational events of eligible arts, cul- ture and heritage organi- zations based in Central Iowa. Sixteen partner local governments — Altoona,~ Ankeny, Bondurant, Carl- isle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Polk City, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Wind- sor Heights, and Polk County — have committed a portion of their hotel/ motel tax revenues to Bra- vo Greater Des Moines, which distributes the funds through two annual competitive granting cy- cles. ‘ w The Iowa Architectural Foundation isia‘ charitable organization founded in 1989 to promote the awareness and apprecia— tion of architecture and design. The nonprofit pur- sues its mission through youth and adult education and outreach programs and community design charrettes. Visit www. iowaarchfoundation.org for more information. Free Estimates.