Iowa: Reports show TLC proram improving classroom teaching

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A program aimed at increasing leadership roles and collaboration among teachers is seeing some success according to two reports released Wednesday.

Governor Kim Reynolds says that Iowa's Teacher Leadership Compensation program known as TLC is helping most school districts meet their goals and help educators improve classroom teaching.

The reports came from the American Institutes for Research and the Iowa Department of Education whose end-of-year summary shows three-quarters of school districts met their teacher leadership goals for the 2016-2017 school year.

"The legislature overwhelmingly passed TLC because it recognized the importance of better supporting the most challenging work that teachers must do given higher expectations for all students. We share that commitment because TLC creates the capacity to drive other reforms such as early literacy and of course one of my favorites, STEM," said Reynolds.

The TLC system has been phased in over the past three years, costing the state roughly $157 million each year and now all 333 school districts are a part of the program.

Iowa Department of Education Direction Ryan Wise says student achievement data has largely stayed the same across all districts, but says this program is designed to help increase student achievement goals over time.

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