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TQSA- Focusing on Teacher Quality and Student Achievement


  • Bob Read, Associate Superintendent
  • Karla Ries, Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning
  • Kelly Kretschmar, Principal of Indian Creek Elementary
  • Diane Irvine, Echo Hill Elementary
  • Kim Buelt, Associate Principal of Linn-Mar High School
  • Jess Dirks, Excelsior Middle School
  • Steven Starkey, Associate Principal of Excelsior Middle School
  • Sam Dykes, Boulder Peak Intermediate
  • Jeanne Turner, Linn-Mar High School
  • Karla Koenen, Indian Creek Elementary
  • Amy Kortemeyer (Ex-Officio), Superintendent

For questions on the TQSA program contact:
Bob Read, Associate Superintendent
319-447-3016 / Email
Address: 2999 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252

Duties of the Teacher Quality Student Achievement Committee

  1. Monitor the local implementation of the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality program.
  2. Following the Iowa Professional Development Model, determine the use and distribution of professional development funds.
  3. Monitor the professional development in each attendance center to ensure that professional development meets the school district, agency, attendance center, and individual professional development plans.
  4. Monitor the district teacher evaluation requirements to ensure they are conducted in a fair and consistent manner throughout the school district or agency.
  5. Ensure the agreement negotiated pursuant to Chapter 20 determine the compensation for teachers on the committee for work responsibilities required beyond the normal workday.

Senate file 277 (SF277), passed in 2007, requires each district and AEA to create a teacher quality committee with equal representation of administrators and teachers. The committee must function under the Iowa Open Meetings Law or Iowa Code Chapter 21. This includes conforming to the requirements regarding the timelines related to postings of meeting agendas, retention of official minutes and records.

2023-2024 Meetings

The TQSA Committee will hold meetings on the following Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the HS lecture hall:

  • September 27, 2023
  • October 25, 2023
  • November 29, 2023 
  • January 31, 2024
  • February 28, 2024
  • March 27, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 22, 2024


Request Forms

TQSA Handbook 2023-2024


2023-2024 Agendas and Minutes

2022-2023 Agendas and Minutes

2021-2022 Agendas and Minutes