~Rep. Patti Ruff of McGregor, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee
*All quotes are from the 2015 Iowa School Administration Survey, available here.
I. Iowa Teaching Candidates benefit from working with high-quality teachers with adequate resources to meet the needs of all students. It is how we learn.
Kristyn Kell, Principal,BCLUW High School/BCLLUW:
In a small district like mine I am unable to recruit strong teachers when they are only teaching 3/4 time because we cannot afford a full time teacher.
Dewey Hupke, Principal.West Elementary, Independence:
With the limited allowable growth, our school district was forced to eliminate a classroom position. The position was a 3rd grade classroom. In 2017, the State of Iowa says all 3rd graders need to read at grade level.
This gets increasingly difficult when the budget of the district is severely limited by the lack of state funding!!
II. In 2013-2014, over 2000 student teachers were in Iowa schools, working with high-quality educators across the state.
We rely on the partnership with our PK-12 districts in Iowa to best prepare teachers for the future. When funding is cut, teachers take on more duties and challenges with less time and fewer resources. That makes it much harder to mentor someone new to the field.
Lynn A. Baldus, 6-12 Principal, St. Ansgar Middle and High School:
We continue to have increased costs and see an increase in our students’ needs (both academically and economically). We do not want to cut staff or programs, but we will not have a choice if we do not see increased state support.
Lynne Wallace, MS/HS Principal, Mount Ayr MS/HS:
We now have middle school classes with 29 and 30 students in each class. Even the very best teachers have difficulty providing interventions or enrichment when that many students are in one class! Please visit our schools in Iowa to see the needy students that we are trying to serve each day in overcrowded classrooms!…
Preparing Iowa Teachers for the Future
338 school districts
Iowa’s K-12 student population=over 480,000
Iowa students eligible for free and reduced lunch=41%
* From 2014-15 Iowa Annual Condition of Education Report
In 2014, the top endorsement areas for new elementary education teachers were reading (816), special education (376), and early childhood education (264). However, we need opportunities for students studying to be teachers to connect with other high-need areas. For example, Iowa needs more new teachers to seek endorsements in math (125) and science (29).
College scholarships and grants help Iowa teachers seek excellent preparation for the classroom at our Regents institutions (UI, UNI, ISU) or at any of the 27 private, not-for-profit institutions in the state. Our students rely on the availability of these opportunities to maximize their education for teaching.
Iowa teaching candidates continue to pass the nationally normed test for licensing purposes, Praxis II, at a much higher rate than the national average.
Scores on the tests for pedagogy (teaching) are on average 13% above the national averages.
In 2013-2014, over 2250 teachers were prepared in Iowa licensing institutions (public and private colleges and universities)
For more information about teacher preparation programs in the state, contact the teaching/education department in your local district or contact:
The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) held its annual Day at the Iowa Capitol on February 9.
The Day at the Iowa Capitol allows students and faculties from the 32 preparation programs in Iowa the opportunity to speak to legislators regarding issues in education.
The students and faculties prepared talking points around issues like school funding, Iowa Tuition Grants, program requirements, and Board of Educational Examiners’ fees.
This event continues to be an excellent opportunity to witness democracy and advocacy in action as they observe such activities as the Iowa Senate debate funding for K-12 schools.
Both professionals and future professionals let their voices be heard on important issues that will impact the education field in our state.