Director Ryan Wise releases statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act:
“I’m pleased with the broad, bipartisan support for this important federal legislation to fix the flawed No Child Left Behind law. Iowa and all states deserve a system of accountability and oversight that drives student learning and is based on growth and improvement. I appreciate that this legislation restores the proper balance between the role of states and the federal government in education accountability.
“I support this plan because it preserves accountability and transparency while also giving states flexibility to set goals and develop solutions that will improve student achievement. Iowa has the right roadmap in place for education, including the most comprehensive teacher leadership system in the nation, a focus on growing STEM skills, and an effort to make sure all Iowa students are successful readers by the end of third grade.
“We need a system that effectively pairs accountability with the support our educators need to rise to the challenge of ensuring every student is successful. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act will be a meaningful step in that direction.”