DE and State Board Links

The State Board of Education is scheduled to meet next week, Thursday, August 6th. The agenda items include the minutes of the June meeting (see the assessment discussion notes beginning here) and a recommendation to take action on the assessment recommendations of the Iowa Assessment Task Force. The exact nature of the recommended action for this particular meeting is unclear, as there currently is no further explanation, and no attachments or notices of intended action.

The Legislative Services Agency released an audit report on the DE today.

Two former directors of the Iowa DE were featured in an EdWeek article on state chiefs leaving to work as school district superintendents, Old Hands, New Hurdles: State Chiefs Who Take Local Reins. Readers may be interested in Jason Glass’s description of how his views shifted during his time in Iowa or Brad Buck’s reasons for leaving the DE, including these comments:

Iowa’s decision to decommit from giving the Smarter Balanced exam aligned to the common core, as well as Gov. Terry Branstad’s shifting public pronouncements on the common core itself, bothered Mr. Buck.