The Iowa Department of Education has asked for a one-year freeze of escalating federal requirements in No Child Left Behind, a move Sioux City-area school officials say temporarily would alleviate pressure from unfair guidelines.
The request from Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass on Thursday comes a week after officials at the U.S. Department of Education said Iowa could not receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind under its current teacher evaluation system.
Waivers require the state to adopt a system under which teachers can be put into one of at least three categories: not effective, effective and highly effective.
An evaluation system was proposed in the last legislative session’s education reform package, but lawmakers opted, instead, to create a panel that would recommend an evaluation system to the Legislature for implementation at a later time. Glass said the move put up a road block that prevented Iowa from getting a waiver this year.