Iowa Education Reform in Works for Years

Lauren Williams's picture
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

If many of the education reform ideas — teacher career paths, mentoring and performance reviews — being discussed by state officials and task forces have a familiar ring to them, they should.

They’re already in the Iowa Code and have been for 11 years.

In May 2001, then-Gov. Tom Vilsack signed legislation — hailed as landmark at the time — enacting the first statewide compensation system geared toward rewarding teachers based on student performance rather than seniority.

The $40 million measure was the first installment in what was expected to be a $250 million investment over a four-year transition to a performance-based pay system designed to make Iowa salaries more competitive and keep student achievement scores among the nation’s best.

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