ERIC Number: ED420923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Governor's Commission on Educational Excellence for the 21st Century: Final Report Presented to Governor Terry E. Branstad.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
In 1997, Governor Terry Branstad appointed 14 Iowa citizens, educators, and leaders to a special commission to create a vision and roadmap for the state's prekindergarten through 12th grade educational system. Working groups assisted the commission by addressing issues and drafting recommendations in four key areas: high expectations for students, instructional program quality, student achievement, and parent and community involvement. The commission envisioned opportunities for students to develop needed skills, development of community-generated performance indicators, a lifelong continuum of educational services, and schools' transformation into active, community-oriented learning centers. The commission believes that Iowa schools will have more flexible schedules; challenging curricula; updated technologies; well-prepared, professionalized teachers; collaborative, visionary administrators; and parents as full decision-making partners. The commission's recommendations for excellence are based on three principles: strengthening the local autonomy of Iowa's schools and districts; establishing a commitment to continuous improvement; and aligning the state's leadership, oversight, and funding role with these goals at the school level. Recommendations are organized around six major themes: accountability for student achievement; strategies to improve achievement for all students; school readiness; a transformed education profession; strong family, community, and school relationships; and financial support. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa