That’s not to say students, teachers, administrators or school boards are any worse than they have been in past.
It’s just getting harder to make the grade. And Iowa officials, unlike those in 42 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, haven’t been able to convince the federal government they deserve a break.
“It’s good to remember that Iowa’s not alone in this,” said Ann Hyslop, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation. “What it means for schools that haven’t been on the list before, well, not too much.”