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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 18, 2003

College Of Education Examines No Child Left Behind

The University of Iowa College of Education will continue to explore the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on its "Education at Iowa" series of programs for UITV in November and December.

The upcoming programs, which air at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, are:

* Nov. 19: No Child Left Behind: Iowa's Approaches, hosted by James Marshall, associate dean in the College of Education, and featuring Steve Dunbar, director of Iowa Testing Programs, and Linda Fielding, associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and a member of the Statewide Reading First Leadership Team.

* Nov. 26: No Child Left Behind: Potential Problems and Pitfalls, a broadcast of a workshop held Oct. 24 in the College of Education related to NCLB. Moderated by Education Dean Sandra Damico, the workshop featured a panel that included Fielding; Robert Brennan, professor and director of the college's Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment; Bev Schroeder, a staff member in U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's office; Mary Day, a staff member in U.S. Sen. Charles "Chuck" Grassley's office; and Susan Lagos, a professor in the college and former Cedar Rapids principal, and Allison Corbin, a teacher at Johnson Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, both of whom provided a local response to NCLB.

* Dec. 3: No Child Left Behind: Policy Implications, hosted by Marshall and featuring Pam Ehly, director of instruction for the Iowa City Community School District, and Peter Hlebowitsh, a professor in the college's Department of Teaching and Learning.

* Dec. 10: No Child Left Behind: Testing, hosted by Marshall and featuring Cyndie Schmeiser, vice president of ACT, who will discuss how the ACT tests are constructed and discuss new developments with the tests; David Frisbie, a professor in the Iowa Testing Programs, who will talk about interpreting Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITSB) scores, a topic of interest to both parents and teachers; and Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, an associate professor of foreign language and English as a second language education, who will talk about the development of tests for non-English-speakers, and on specialized testing and how they differ from ITBS and ACT.

The College of Education launched its "Education at Iowa" series in 2003 to highlight the college's many programs and its interaction with local communities and the state, and to present practical information on a variety of subjects related to education.

Past programs have included "Talking About Books," which offered tips for introducing young readers to books, and a segment on the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development's Invent Iowa convention in Ames this past April. Programs are repeated occasionally on UITV.

Education at Iowa is broadcast on UITV on the cable systems in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids areas. In Iowa City, UITV airs the series on Channel 17. The Cedar Rapids Community Schools airs it on Channel 17 on the Mediacom system and Channel 13 on the McLeod system.

More information about the "Education at Iowa" TV series may be found at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/tv/

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu; Program: Doug Allaire, production coordinator, 319-335-5622, douglas-allaire@uiowa.edu.