Rankin: Civics, being a good citizen, should be the foundation of our education system

Thoms Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship. The United States Citizenship Civics Test is the...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Board of Education

Rankin: Testing is just around the corner

Do you remember the Iowa Test of Basic Skills? Yikes, was it that long ago? ITBS, developed in 1935 by the University of Iowa, was administered as a tool for improving K-8th-grade education....

DATE: March 27, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Board of Education

Rankin: Legislation ready to be implemented

Last month, I reported on the education bills that were considered during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill 267 and House Bill 1375 are two new acts that have significant impact on the...

DATE: June 17, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Board of Education

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