April 30, 2015
December 12, 2017
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.”
November 13, 2017
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...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia: Final Plan Approved (1/19/18) Hawaii: Final Plan Approved (1/19/18) Idaho: Final Plan Approved (4/3/18) Illinois: Final...
September 18, 2017
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.”
September 6, 2017
The third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan is available for public review and comment via an online feedback survey from the Iowa Department of Education.
August 3, 2017
The Iowa Dept. of Education is asking for public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The department will accept feedback until August 11.
June 27, 2017
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...
June 16, 2017
The Iowa Dept. of Education released the state’s second draft ESSA plan for public review. According to Education Director Ryan Wise, “This draft plan ties together and builds on Iowa’s collaborative education reform efforts under way to ensure students are prepared for success in high...
December 20, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education has scheduled a series of public meetings to solicit input on the forthcoming plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The first draft will be released on January 6. Public comment meetings will begin January 9 and continue through...
August 22, 2016
Iowa Dept. of Education Director Ryan Wise announced a new state committee to provide input on development of Iowa’s plan. The 26-member group met for the first time last week and includes educators and representatives of school boards, area education agencies, education associations, and parents.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.
April 13, 2016
A dozen educators and community members met Tuesday night with Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise to discuss ideas for the state’s transitional plan called for under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more here.