Division lingers in Iowa Legislature on how best to evaluate teachersProposed changes to Iowa’s teacher evaluation system have halted progress at the Statehouse on a sweeping education bill aimed at improving instruction in Iowa’s 1,434 public schools. Full article
Should Iowa teacher pay be tied to student test scores?DES MOINES | Education reform is at a standstill in the Statehouse with the politically rocky issue of teacher evaluations one of the main stumbling blocks. Full article
Education group tries to jumpstart reform debateDES MOINES — The national education reform advocacy group StudentsFirst will start running a radio spot in the Des Moines area this week aimed at breaking a stalemate in the state’s education reform debate. Full article
Iowa education efforts on the right track
A recent international study raises concerns about education in the United States.
According to the study, which was conducted by the International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement, American students lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe in math and science studies.Full article
Iowa schools face reform hurdles
Gov. Terry Branstad's call to replace the current method of setting per-pupil funding increases for school districts has upped the uncertainty for administrators and school boards already trying to keep tabs on expected sweeping reform proposals.Full article