Iowa’s NAEP Scores Mostly Stagnant, Sees Drop in 4th-Grade Reading

The 2017 results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) show that while Iowa students performed better than the national average, their statewide average scores remain stagnant and 4th-graders saw a two-point drop in reading from 2015.

Bill Overriding Iowa Department of Education’s Assessment Choice Advances

A bill, HSB 578, making the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Programs the vendor who develops and administers Iowa’s statewide student assessment passed the Iowa House Education Committee 21 to 1.

Dear Politicians: This is Why We’re Angry

Dear Politicians – I’d like to tell you a little bit about the people you represent, because you seem to have completely lost touch with them.

ACT Says Only 31 Percent of Iowa Graduates Are College-Ready

ACT released a report this week that shows only 31 percent of Iowa’s graduates who took the ACT met all four of ACT’s college readiness benchmarks.

Our Iowa GOP Poll Shows Strong Support for Education Liberty

Our Iowa GOP readers favor Education Savings Accounts and oppose homeschool reporting, Common Core, and denying open enrollment based on economics.

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 7-8-17 (Gina Dalfonzo & Joy Pullmann)

Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers discuss singles in the Church with Gina Dalfonzo and Common Core Classrooms with Joy Pullman on Caffeinated Thoughts Radio.

Betsy DeVos: “There Isn’t Really Any Common Core Anymore.” Wrong.

Shane Vander Hart: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has not said much about Common Core since being confirmed, and what she has said has been entirely incorrect.

New Iowa House Bills Address Common Core, Smarter Balanced

State Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) introduces bills in the Iowa House opposing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and Smarter Balanced.

National Parent Coalition Sends Senate Questions for Betsy DeVos

A coalition of nearly 60 parent organizations, education experts and writers, and elected officials are concerned about Betsy Devos’ record and views.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the DNC Education Platform

Shane Vander Hart looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of the Democratic Party Platform on education approved at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Terry Branstad Vetoes Smarter Balanced Assessments Delay

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad vetoed the bipartisan action to delay the Smarter Balanced Assessments. He approved SF 2323 and line item vetoed that measure.

Iowa Republicans Oppose National Education Standards

Iowa Republicans passed a plank opposing the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and student data collection during their state convention.

New Report Sheds Light on Deficiencies of Common Core Math Standards

The American Principles Project Foundation has just published “Common Does Not Equal Excellent.” Focusing on the K-8 Common Core Math Standards.

U.S. Senate Approves No Child Left Behind Replacement

The U.S. Senate replaces No Child Left Behind passing on a 85 to 12 vote the Every Student Succeeds Act that President Obama is expected to sign into law.

Jindal, Huckabee and Santorum Court Conservative Christians (Video)

Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum addressed conservative Christians, along with 11 other speakers, at the Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing.

Mike Huckabee: Education is a Mom and Dad Decision

Former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee discussed homeschooling, education policy and Common Core in Urbandale, IA.