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 stagnantĀ and 4th-graders saw a two-pointĀ drop in reading from 2015.

Bill Overriding Iowa Department of Education’s Assessment Choice Advances

A bill, HSB 578, making theĀ 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.

Did Iowa Improve Their Social Studies Standards? (Part II)

In part II of Shane Vander Hart’s critique of Iowa’s new social studies standards, he expresses his concern about the potential for indoctrination.

Iowa Lawmakers Reach for Local Control of Education

There have been several bills filed in the Iowa House and Senate this year dedicated to devolving the power and control the Iowa Department of Education.

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.

Independent Iowa Educators Weigh In on Common Core, Evaluations

Professional Educators of Iowa recently released the results of their annual statewide survey of independent Iowa educators on subjects like Common Core.

Why the Common Core is Wrong for Iowa

Therefore it is imperative that parents, grandparents, and taxpayers call for the review of the Common Core that was enfolded into the Iowa Core!

Ankeny Parents Group to Host Forum on Iowa Core

Ankeny parents establish a group dedicated to advancing excellence in student education hosts first informational forum on 11/15/14 on Iowa Core/Common Core.

Megan Suhr, Common Core and the Truth

Megan Suhr, Democrat candidate in the Iowa House District 28 race, discussed Common Core and it is obvious she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Kindergarteners Learning Code?

With stress being placed on kindergarteners already from Iowa Core/Common Core math and literacy standards, do they really need to learn coding too?

Des Moines Public Schools’ Race to the Middle in Middle School

Middle schools in Des Moines are dropping advanced classes for their experiment in standards based grading as they implement the Iowa Core in the district.

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order

The Iowa Department of Education still has not taken action on Governor Terry Branstad’s Common Core executive order issued nine months ago.

Should Paternity Testing Be Discussed in 6th Grade Literature Class?

The Common Core State Standards place an emphasis on informational text which can lead to paternity testing being discussed in a 6th grade literature class.

Branstad Campaign Rhetoric on Common Core Rings Hollow

Former State Representative Jeff Kaufmann lauded Governor Branstad’s belief in local control of education which rings hallow to anyone who knows better.

Iowa House Passes Review Process for Academic Standards

(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in…