Both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate versions of an education appropriations bill includes a delay of the Smarter Balanced Assessments until July 1, 2017.
Shane Vander Hart: The Iowa Legislature is poised to allow the Smarter Balanced Assessments become an unfunded mandate on Iowa’s schools.
Iowa’s Assessment Task Force recommended that the Smarter Balanced Assessment replace the Iowa Assessment for Iowa students by the 2016-2017 school year.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Dept. of Ed Director Brad Buck informed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that Iowa was withdrawing immediately.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed Executive Order 83 in order to address growing concern among Iowans over the Common Core State Standards.
The Iowa Legislature removed Smarter Balanced Assessments from education reform bill and paused any Common Core Assessments until 2016-17 school year.
Conflicting education reform bills are being discussed in a joint Iowa House and Senate Conference Committee to iron out differences.