The Iowa House will be debating the education reform bill tomorrow, Tuesday March 13th late tomorrow morning.
Read the bill House File 2380.
Read the bill analysis here.
You can watch the debate live here.
Read the differences between the House, Senate and Governor’s proposals below:
|3rd Grade Retention||Yes||Yes, starts in 2016-17||Increased support for early-grade literacy|
|Expand Charter School Law||Yes||Yes||No|
|Expands Iowa Core Subjects||Music, applied arts, foreign language, character Ed, entrepreneurship||Music, applied arts, foreign language, entrepreneurship||Music, applied arts, foreign language, character Ed, entrepreneurship|
|Online learning||Repeals current law, allows 100% online instruction with full 1% weighting||Study issue; prohibit exclusive online instruction with .3 weighting.||Online learning only up to 50% of coursework with no weighting.|
|Allows Certain Schools to Continue On-line Program||Yes||No||No|
|Teacher Evaluations – current law is every 3 years||Every year from administrators||Every year from administrators||Every year, but two years come from teacher peers|
|Alternative Teacher Licensure||Yes||No||No|
|Teacher layoffs based on performance, not seniority||Yes||Yes||No|
|Statewide clearinghouse for Iowa teachers||Yes||No, Dept. maintains website for jobs||No|
|New teacher probation period from 3 to 5 years||Yes||Yes||No|
|3.0 Minimum GPA for Teacher Prep Program||Yes||No||No, study|
|Student Teaching Requirement||15 Weeks||Current 12 weeks||14 Weeks|
|End of course exams before graduation||Yes||Yes, Starts 2013-14||No|
|Require Juniors to take ACT||Yes||ACT or Career Readiness||Yes|
|Pre K -11 Value Added Assessment Method||Yes, starts 2013-14||Yes, starts 2013-114||No|
|Random students take international test every three years||Yes||No||No|
|Extended school day or year||Task Force||Task Force||Pilot program to add 10 days|
|Statewide Parent Advocacy Network||Yes||No||Yes|
|School Administration Manager (SAMs)||Yes||No||Yes|
|Innovation Acceleration Program||Yes||Yes||No|
|Competency Based Education Study||No||Yes||Yes|
|Competency Based Extended Waiver||No||Yes||No|
|Competency Based Unit Defined||Yes||No, would be defined by study||Yes|
|10% Cut to Prof. Development||Yes||Yes||No|