Rising to Greatness An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools, 2011

(2011) Rising to Greatness An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools, 2011. Education, Department of


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In the early 1990s, the Cold War ended, Back to the Future III was in theaters, and Iowa led the nation in reading and mathematics. Times have changed. A decade into the 21st century, Iowa has conceded its place at the top. During the past 20 years, achievement trends illustrate Iowa’s slide from a national leader in PK-12 education to a national average―sometimes below average―performer as other states (and nations) have accelerated past the state. Iowa students’ futures are at risk. Collectively, Iowa students are not hitting the mark in mathematics and reading competency. Sure, Iowa has its share of super-achievers. But the mass of Iowa students—not just underprivileged or minority students, but many of the majority white, relatively affluent students as well—are falling short of what is needed to attain quality jobs, growing incomes, and secure livelihoods in today’s globally competitive world. The world has moved beyond the industrial age and information age and is now in the innovation age. Students must be armed not only with knowledge, but also with skills and insights needed to critically analyze and innovate. The pressing problems and grand opportunities the world faces require that many more people contribute as innovators and problem solvers, not order takers and implementers. Innovators will prosper. Order takers will stagnate. The days of an abundance of low-skill jobs have come to an end.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Education, Iowa, Schools
Subjects: Education > Students
Education > Public schools
ID Code: 11297
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2011 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 14:53
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/11297