Des Moines, Iowa
The GLR Campaign recognizes Des Moines, Iowa, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness, school attendance and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
In school readiness, the percentage of students who met the benchmark on the Formative Assessment System for Teachers went from 28.6% in 2014 to 49.3% in 2016. The percentage of students who were chronically absent went from 15.2% in the 2013–14 school year to 12.2% in 2015–16. Over three years, the percentage of low-income children proficient in reading went from 58% to 61%. The GLR Campaign also acknowledges Des Moines for its exemplary work in addressing the health determinants of early school success. Its Community Wide Developmental Screening ensures that all children ages 0-8 receive appropriate developmental screenings. The 1st Five model supports health providers in the earlier detection of social-emotional and developmental delays and family risk-related factors and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow-up.
The success of Des Moines in this area is due, in part, to its efforts to align, link, stack and bundle proven and promising strategies to ensure comprehensive developmental screenings for all the children in the community’s footprint.