Iowa Department of Ed submits new education plan to fedsOctober 10, 2017You may have heard of No Child Left Behind but you need to get familiar with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law lets states, not the federal government, set the standards to determine whether your child's school is succeeding or not. On Monday Iowa submitted their plan to the federal government that shows how they intend to implement it.
Iowa's plan lays out how it will identify struggling schools and get them help. One of the biggest criticisms of No Child Left Behind is that it punished poor performing schools rather than reform them. The plan includes separate goals for poor and minority students focused on growth rates. Critics of No Child Left Behind argued its academic goals were unrealistic. The lowest performing schools will be classified as Comprehensive or Targeted and given additional oversight and resources. Lone Tree's Superintendent, Ken Crawford, says overall he likes Iowa's plan but says some things have to change.