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Newton Teacher: Parents Need Authority to Opt-Out of Testing

Amy Moore is a 5th Grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Newton.  I had the chance to meet her at an event Ankeny for Student Achievement hosted on Saturday and am so appreciative of her willingness as a teacher to speak out.  She wrote on Thursday an excellent op/ed at The Des Moines […]


“Only My Mom and My Doctor Need to Know My Weight”

I’m so proud of Ireland Hobert Hoch, a 13-year-old at Southeast Polk Jr. High School who refused to be weighed in front of her P.E. class.  I’m proud that she stood up for her right to privacy, and I hope it emboldens other students to do the same and do it as respectfully as she […]


Iowa Assessment Task Force Recommends Smarter Balanced

I reported at Caffeinated Thoughts that the Iowa Assessment Task Force voted 20 to 1 to recommend Smarter Balanced for Iowa’s new assessment. *Shocker* Here is what Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck had to say. I’m very inspired by the Iowans on this task force who came together around a challenging task and […]