Iowa

Iowa Releases School Ratings Data

According to KWWL News, Iowa recently “rolled out new updates” to its online school data and reporting system, which provides “the public with more information regarding how schools rank in comparison across the state.” The Iowa School Performance Profiles “provide information on a school’s overall...

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State ESSA Plan “In Jeopardy” Absent New State Exam

Mackenzie Ryan reports that CheckStatePlans.org peer reviewers drew “attention to the lack of new, statewide reading and math exams in Iowa classrooms” at the same time that a vendor is “appealing the state’s selection of American Institutes for Research as Iowa’s new testing contractor.”

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Iowa Wants to Hear What Students Think

In its ESSA plan, Iowa “suggests issuing school climate surveys for students in grades 3-12.” These surveys “would fulfill a requirement for a school quality or student success indicator in the state’s accountability system, allowing students to rank their feelings on prompts like ‘My school...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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IA Attempts to Decrease State’s Proficiency Gap

Under Iowa’s state ESSA plan, minority and low-income students “will have different—sometimes lower—goals than their white, affluent peers under.” These “higher growth targets are an effort to decease the state’s proficiency gap and gradually bringing low-income and minority students up to the same level as their peers.”

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IA Dept. of Ed Seeks Public Input on ESSA Plan

The Iowa Dept. of Education is seeking public input on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Ryan Wise, director of the department, said “the plan is a step toward implementing ESSA that input is needed so we land on a final plan that is right for...

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