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Public input sought on providing support to Iowa students in high-need schools under new federal law

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Public forums start next week; changes are part of new Every Student Succeeds Act

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he is seeking input from Iowans on alternative ways to provide support to students in high-need schools under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which will replace the No Child Left Behind Act.

Starting in the 2016-17 school year, Iowa school districts will no longer be required to offer parents the option of choosing a different school (school choice) or taking advantage of free tutoring (supplemental education services) if their child attends a school that has been identified as “in need of assistance” based on performance. However, the state still needs to craft an alternative plan for providing support to students in schools that need improvement. The Department will gather public feedback in late March and early April.

“While the Department is not eliminating school choice or supplemental education services – the decision to offer them will be up to local school administrators -- we want to make sure students in high-need schools receive the support they need,” Wise said. “With the transition to a new accountability law, this is a good opportunity to think broadly and seek input about getting the right support in place for Iowa students.”

The Department is holding four public forums statewide to gather feedback:

Tuesday, March 29: Cedar Rapids
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Grant Wood Area Education Agency – Winter, Spring and Autumn Rooms
4401 6th St. SW
Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, March 30: Des Moines
5:30 to 7 p.m.  
Callanan Middle School – Auditorium
3010 Center St.
Des Moines

Thursday, March 31: Bettendorf
5:30 to 7 p.m.  
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency – Muscatine/Scott Rooms
729 21st St.
Bettendorf

Thursday, April 7: Sioux City
5:30 to 7 p.m.  
Northwest Area Education Agency – Room A/Auditorium
1520 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City

Iowans also can submit written feedback by sending an email to essa@iowa.gov.

About the Every Student Succeeds Act: In 2015, Congress adopted the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. This update replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and restores the proper balance between the role of states and the federal government in accountability for the success of all children.

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that states develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools. The 2016-17 school year will be a transition period, with full implementation of Iowa’s state plan in the 2017-18 school year.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 25, 2017 at 1:02pm.