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Director Wise announces Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Committee will advise the Department; first meeting is Thursday, Aug. 18

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new state committee to provide input on the development of Iowa’s plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The group will meet for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Every Student Succeeds Act in IowaThe Every Student Succeeds Act replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and restores 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. 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.

“We’re excited about the possibilities with the Every Student Succeeds Act and embrace our role of building a plan that makes sense for Iowa,” Wise said. “Input from Iowa education stakeholders is critical in our efforts to build a cohesive system that pairs accountability with the support our educators need to improve student achievement.”  

The Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee includes educators and representatives of school boards, area education agencies, education associations and parents. This fall, the Department will announce more opportunities for parents and other stakeholders to provide input. The Department also will coordinate with other state agencies and stakeholders, such as the business community, to collect input.

The Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee will meet at least four times through February. Meetings are open to the public.

Members of the Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee are:

  • Tom Ahart, Superintendent, Des Moines Public Schools
  • Lisa Bartusek, Executive Director, Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Mike Beranek, Teacher, West Des Moines Community Schools
  • Margaret Buckton, Partner, Iowa School Finance Information Services
  • Mary Jane Cobb, Executive Director, Iowa State Education Association
  • Bill Decker, Administrator, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
  • Sandy Dockendorff, School Board Member, Danville Community School District
  • Mark Felderman, Deputy Director, Professional Educators of Iowa
  • Kevin Fiene, Superintendent, Interstate 35 Community Schools
  • Jim Hawkins, Senior Director, Professional Educators of Iowa
  • Roark Horn, Executive Director, School Administrators of Iowa
  • Josie Lewis, Director of Policy and Legal Services, Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Charles McNulty, Associate Superintendent, Waterloo Community Schools
  • Sam Miller, Administrator, Area Education Agency 267
  • Jill Morrill, School Board Member, Johnston Community School District
  • Bob Olson, Superintendent, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community Schools
  • Melissa Peterson, Government Relations Specialist, Iowa State Education Association
  • Jill Philby, Teacher, Lynnville-Sully Community School District
  • Dan Ryan, Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Sioux City
  • Dana Schon, Professional Learning Director, School Administrators of Iowa
  • Scott Slechta, 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Fairfield Community School District
  • Bryan Stearns, Associate Principal, West Des Moines Community Schools
  • Dani Trimble, Superintendent, Alburnett Community School District
  • Justin Wagner, Superintendent, Harlan Community School District
  • Tammy Wawro, President, Iowa State Education Association
  • Thatcher Williams, Iowa PTA

The meeting schedule is as follows:


  • Thursday, August 18
  • Wednesday, October 19
  • Wednesday, December 7
  • Friday, February 17


Grimes State Office Building
 Room B100 (Basement level)
400 E. 14th St.
 Des Moines

Times: All meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on Iowa’s plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit

Iowans also can submit questions and feedback by sending an email to


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2018 at 8:05pm.