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UPDATE: Iowa House passes education reform plan

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The Iowa House has passed an education reform plan that would give the state more control over how student progress is measured and how teachers and administrators are evaluated.

Those aspects of education are traditionally handled by local districts, but as part of the Republican-backed bill would be passed on to state officials. The measure is similar to the one proposed by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad

Under the measure, the Iowa Department of Education would establish new procedures for evaluating teachers and administrators annually. High school students would have to take new tests to determine if they're prepared for college or a career and third graders not reading at grade level would be held back from fourth grade.

The House reviewed more than 40 proposed amendments Tuesday. One amendment dealt with coursework online and another establishes state funding for students receiving instruction.

The bill passed 53-46 after lawmakers debated most of Tuesday, ending just before midnight.

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