IOWA ACHIEVE Special Education Data System

Project Case Study
The Challenge

The Iowa Department of Education needed a way to manage the significant components of special education/early intervention in the state of Iowa, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), general supervision, and professional learning.

The Client

Iowa Department of Education (IDE)

What We Did

AnLar created a comprehensive online system to support implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. ACHIEVE Iowa IDEA is a fully customized solution designed to meet ongoing needs for individualized service and education plans for learners and families as well as improving outcomes. The project includes three self-standing, but connected sections that holistically address the various purposes of serving a learner. These sections include the IEP/IFSP, Differentiated Accountability, and Professional Learning. The first stage of development will focus on the IEP/IFSP.

ACHIEVE will be used statewide by teams of educators, service providers, and families to develop IFSPs and IEPs. ACHIEVE makes individualized planning easy by: 

  • Focusing attention on the child or learner
  • Simplifying processes and streamlining the use of data
  • Providing tools that improve decision making and individualization
  • Facilitating team member communication and collaboration
Skills Used
  • Process reviews and diagram creation
  • Outlining functional specifications and wireframe development
  • System integration with multiple education and data systems
  • Full system testing, including User Acceptance Testing
  • Business requirements gathering and analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of IDEA data and compliance for Part C and Part B programs
  • Data system development and architecture
  • Website design and development
  • Graphic design
  • Professional learning and development for end users
Service Areas

Data Systems & Support