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.
(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in bipartisan fashion 96-0. The bill is the successor to HSB 592 and was authored by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) who chairs the House Education Committee. “What this bill does is that it assures us that we have a transparent and open […]
I’m not sure what to make of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s position on the Common Core State Standards. He reportedly said on the campaign trail that he rejected the Common Core State Standards, and then in an interview with NPR last week during the National Governors Association winter meeting we see: Not so in Iowa, […]
(Des Moines, IA) There were two subcommittee meetings scheduled on Wednesday in the Iowa House to discuss bills that address the Common Core State Standards. Wednesday morning a subcommittee consisting of State Representatives Sandy Salmon (R-Denver), Josh Brynes (R-Osage), and Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport) met to discuss HF 2141 a bill that would direct the Iowa […]
(Des Moines, IA) State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) introduced two bills that address standards that the Iowa State Board of Education adopted back in 2010. The Common Core State Standards are content standards in English Language Arts and Math that were developed by the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve, […]
The Iowa Department of Education provides information about what type of student data they collect and share.
Jim Hawkins looks at Iowa’s education reform bill’s impact on teachers and students noting that the bill unfairly favors the ISEA & other organizations.
The Iowa Legislature removed Smarter Balanced Assessments from education reform bill and paused any Common Core Assessments until 2016-17 school year.
The Michigan House passed an education budget bill with an amendment that stops state funding for the implementation of the Common Core and its assessments.
Senator Chuck Grassley is asking his colleagues to sign onto a letter that requests future federal funds for the Common Core and its assessments be cut off.
Conflicting education reform bills are being discussed in a joint Iowa House and Senate Conference Committee to iron out differences.
Jason Glass, Iowa Education Chief, takes issue with Shane’s last post on the Iowa House ed bill. Shane addresses how to deal with SBAC assessments.
The Iowa House passed HF 215, Governor Terry Branstad’s education reform bill, here are the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of this bill as amended.
Iowa law currently prevents the Iowa State Board of Education from mandating the Common Core Assessments via the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Iowa Department of Education released it’s 2012 annual report that calls for more student assessments statewide which will mean less local control.