Education reform was back in front of the Iowa Senate today. HF 215 as amended passed on a vote of 26-24. As I understand it, all of this was done to get the House and Senate versions of education reform to conference committee, which may happen as early as tomorrow.
S-3106 as amended [voice vote] by Quirmbach (D-Story) on striking all of HF 215 and replacing it with text identical to SF 423 as passed in the Senate. Amendment to the amendment S-3118 by Bowman (D-Jackson) on whole grade sharing agreements adopted [voice vote].
S-3116 [not germane] by Zaun (R-Polk) on accountability for the Department of Education. Would establish a five-year assessment requiring the DE to determine annual progress toward the following goals: ninety percent of grade four students proficient in reading, mathematics, and science; eighty-five percent of grade eight students proficient in reading, mathematics, and science; eighty percent of grade eleven students proficient in reading and mathematics; eighty-five percent of grade eleven students proficient in science; and, Iowa placing in the top five states in the nation for performance on grade four, eight, and eleven NAEP reading, mathematics, and science assessments. In addition, the DE would be required to determine annual progress toward increasing the number of Iowa students majoring in physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering; negotiating for the adoption of alternative teacher certification programs; and, developing an action pan to fill critical need teaching positions. If the DE fails to meet those goals by November 2018, a DE elimination commission is established to review all programs, policies, duties, and other functions and responsibilities of the DE.