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Release: Oct. 10, 2002

Marshall Elected President Of Two Education Associations

Jim Marshall, associate dean for teacher education in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been named to a one-year term as president of the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) and a three-year term as president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy (NCRLL).

IACTE includes all 32 Iowa colleges and universities that recommend candidates for teaching licensure. Marshall said that the primary concerns during his term with IACTE are examining the costs and benefits of high stakes tests for teacher candidates and the regulations that govern the reviews of teacher education programs.

NCRLL is a group of elected scholars who hold conferences, offer symposia and develop position papers on research and policy in literacy studies.

"Our main concern these days is developing a coherent and informed response to the No Child Left Behind legislation, especially those components dealing with high stakes testing of students," Marshall said. High stakes testing refers to the use of testing as a basis for determining school funding, teacher pay and other matters.

A former high school English teacher, Marshall was previously chair of the College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction, chair of the task force that developed the English assessment for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and executive secretary for the National Standards Project in the English Language Arts. He has received the
James Murray Award, the Regents Award and the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion from the university.