ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year, provides a more reasonable balance between the role of states and the federal government in accountability for the success of all children. Under the reauthorized law, the federal government sets expectations, and states determine how schools will reach them.
Nine public input meetings will be held across Iowa from September through November. Each meeting will open with an overview of ESSA and the Department’s goals for developing the state plan.
“We all have a stake in the success of our students and schools, and engaging Iowans will be key to successful implementation of ESSA,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “Our goal is to build a system of accountability and support that drives student achievement and makes sense for Iowa. These public input meetings are one important way the Department is listening to what Iowans think student success should look like.”
The Department is also engaging education stakeholders in following ways:
- Facilitating a state advisory committee representing the K-12 education system and parents. The ESSA Advisory Committee will provide input on pieces of Iowa’s ESSA plan.
- Consulting representatives of education associations, state legislators, the higher education community, other state agencies and the business community.
- Incorporating stakeholders’ voices into Department-led work teams that are drafting components of the state plan.
State plans must address academic standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools. Iowa’s state plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education no later than July 2017.
All public input meetings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Monday, September 26
Heartland Area Education Agency
Room 107 A/B
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston
Tuesday, September 27
Green Hills Area Education Agency
Halverson Center for Education
24997 Highway 92, Council Bluffs
Tuesday, October 11
Keystone Area Education Agency
1400 2nd Street NW, Elkader
Thursday, October 20
Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City
Tuesday, October 25
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
729 21st Street, Bettendorf
Wednesday, October 26
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Rooms A, B and C
824 Flindt Drive, Suite 105, Storm Lake
Wednesday, November 2
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Winter/Spring/Autumn/Revere/Stone conference rooms
4401 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids
Monday, November 7
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
2814 N. Court Street, Ottumwa
Wednesday, November 9
Area Education Agency 267
3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls
For more information on Iowa’s plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit the Iowa Department of Education website.
Iowans also can submit questions and feedback by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.