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Enroll your students for Iowa Learning Online’s spring semester

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Iowa Learning Online's spring 2016 enrollment is open now. The term starts Jan. 4 and ends May 6, with enrollments accepted until 4 p.m. on Jan. 11. No late enrollments can be accommodated for the spring semester. The Iowa Department of Education currently waives any district fees for Iowa Learning Online courses. …

Differentiated Accountability in a word: “Fabulous.”

Monday, November 9, 2015
Superintendent reacts to new Department site visits Approximately 30 Iowa Department of Education officials and another 20-or-so consultants from the state’s Area Education Agencies descended upon a Centerville elementary school. Centerville Superintendent Tony Ryan welcomes educators to the state’s first-eve…

Six questions for 2016 Teacher of the Year Scott Slechta

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Scott Slechta has taught for 35 years – 31 of them at Fairfield High School. An Iowa native, Slechta was drawn to education early on. Indeed, if you look at his life, virtually everything he has done has been education related, whether as a teacher or his other incarnations as a lifeguard, camp counselor or drama ins…

Director Wise: What I'm learning from our schools

Friday, October 30, 2015
Student news crew at Loess Hills Elementary in Sioux City. I have the privilege of visiting classrooms across the state this school year. I’m scheduled to be in 32 school districts, including at least two in each Area Education Agency, and more than a quarter of Iowa’s community colleges by the end of my fi…

Making Transitions

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
School revamps program to ensure students succeed after school The Emmetsburg special education team talk about their newfound success in transitioning students out of school. The Emmetsburg High School special education team had a collision with reality. They knew they had a great transitions program – on…

Videos from the Iowa Science Standards Kick-Off

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
If you couldn't attend the Iowa Science Standards Kick Off, we’re bringing it to you – in the form of videos. Presentations are available for most of the videos by clicking on the "Download Attachments" button at the bottom of the description for each video.

Iowa again leads in graduation rates

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education. Data show that 90.5 percent of Iowa’s seniors graduated from high school in the 2013-14 school year, up from 89.7 percent the year before. That compares to an 82 percent natio…

State celebrates high school seniors applying to colleges

Friday, October 16, 2015
Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation at Des Moines’ North High declaring the month of October as College Application Month in the state. The event formally recognizes college access efforts of the Iowa College Application Campaign, a statewide initiative to increase the number of high school seniors who co…

Watch science standards conference live

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Educators and school administrators across the state can watch coverage of the Oct. 20 Iowa Science Standards Kick-off, which will be live streamed. The conference, which is at capacity, is designed to bring together administrators, curriculum directors, Area Education Agency staff, teacher leaders and higher educat…

Aligning your resources to students’ needs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Are your school’s resources aligned to the students’ needs? If you haven’t had a school-wide discussion about it, your resources and efforts may be falling short. Still, schools and districts can answer the question by unleashing the true potential of Multi-Tiered System of Supports, known as MTSS. That’s…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 29, 2015 at 5:18pm.