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The Assessment Task Force was commissioned by the 2013 General Assembly to study the state’s assessment needs and to recommend a new state assessment for public and accredited nonpublic schools. The Assessment Task Force will examine past, present, and future options for accountability assessment. Recommendations are expected by January 1, 2015.

Meeting Dates, Agendas and Notes

December 15, 2015

November 10, 2015

October 27 and 30, 2015

September 30, 2015

December 17, 2014

December 10, 2014

November 4, 2014

October 23, 2014

October 15, 2014

September 17, 2014

August 14,2014

July 30, 2014

July 17, 2014

July 11 and 15, 2014

June 12, 2014

June 6, 10 and 11, 2014

May 22, 2014

May 6, 2014

April 15, 2014 - MEETING CANCELLED

March 28,2014

March 14, 2014

February 20, 2014

January 15, 2014

December 13, 2013 - The Assessment Task Force WILL NOT meet as a group during this time. The next full meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for January 15, 2014. Instead, the work subgroup assigned to prepare draft scoring rubric items will have a working meeting.

November 22, 2013

October 29, 2013



Lead: David Tilly

  • Ann Benzshawel, Secondary Curriculum Facilitator, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines (replaced member Shelly Bosovich in September 2015)
  • Catherine Blando, Educator, Iowa City
  • Kathy Brenny, Consultant, Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, Storm Lake
  • Martha Bruckner, Superintendent, Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs
  • Joe DeHart, Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness, DMACC, Ankeny
  • Lowell Ernst, Director of K-12 Instruction, Pella Community School District, Pella
  • Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents, Urbandale
  • Harry Heiligenthal, Leadership Development Director, Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Regional Administrator, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Cedar Rapids
  • Kenda Jochimsen, Principal and Director of Human Resources, Urbandale Community Schools, Urbandale (replaced member Ruth Allison in September 2015)
  • Mark Lane, Principal, Jensen Elementary, Urbandale
  • Jo Ellen Latham, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Southeast Polk Community School District, Pleasant Hill
  • Jane Lindaman, Superintendent, Waterloo Community School District, Waterloo
  • Jon McKenzie, Director of Assessment  & Comprehensive Improvement, Area Education Agency 267, Cedar Falls
  • Angela Olson, Associate Principal, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids
  • Elliott Smith, Executive Director, Iowa Business Council, Des Moines
  • David Tilly, Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines
  • Denise Wall, Educator, IKM-Manning Middle School, Manilla
  • Tammy Wawro, President, Iowa State Education Association, Des Moines
  • Melanie Wirtz, Teacher, Union High School, La Porte City
  • Karen Woltman, Parent, Swisher



Evaluating Assessments

The Assessment Task force is currently evaluating a variety of proposed assessments submitted by vendors that provided letters of intent as a part of an earlier request for information process.

Scoring Rubric for Initial Assessment Review – The scoring rubric Assessment Task Force members use to conduct the initial review of assessments proposed by the vendors.

Questions and Answers for Assessment Vendors (2014-07-07) – This document answers questions submitted to the Assessment Task Force regarding the assessment evaluations.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 01, 2015 at 8:46pm.