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State Board of Education adopts minimal revisions to literacy standards

Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today adopted minimal revisions to Iowa’s academic standards for literacy as recommended by a state review team. The board’s unanimous vote was based on the Literacy Standards Review Team’s recommendations, which aim to provide clarity and eliminate redund…

State Board of Education begins process of adopting new science assessment

Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Members of the State Board of Education today voted to start the formal process of adopting a new state science assessment as recommended by an Iowa task force. Board members reviewed proposed administrative rules that would put in place a new science assessment and then voted to start the rule-making process requir…

Iowa council releases recommendations on teacher and school administrator evaluation

Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
Members of the Council on Educator Development today released their final report of recommendations for Iowa teacher and school administrator evaluations. The recommendations focus on improving the current system with a model that allows for more growth and meaningful feedback, multiple measures that include student ou…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds announce 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016
2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh Shelly Vroegh, whose desire to help all students reach their potential stems from her own childhood, is the 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Lakewood Elementary School in Norwalk. See photos from the 20…

Director Wise announces Statewide Assessment Advisory Committee

Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced a new committee to help schools transition to new statewide assessments. The Statewide Assessment Advisory Committee will meet for the first time on Thursday, Oct. 13. Iowa recently put in place new statewide assessments for students whose first languag…

Draft social studies standards released, public review set for November

Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released a draft of revised statewide standards for social studies and announced members of a new state team who will conduct a public review of the draft standards. The draft standards, developed over the past year by an Iowa writing team, outlines what students…

Five Iowa schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Five Iowa schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The schools are: Westside Junior-Senior High School, Ar-We-Va Community School District Helen A. Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls C…

Public input sought on Every Student Succeeds Act

Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Iowa Department of Education leaders will hit the road this fall as part of a statewide tour to gather public input as they develop a plan to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year…

Iowa educators named state finalists for nation's highest honor in math, science teaching

Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Four Iowa educators have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The two math finalists are: Zac Christensen, a second-grade teacher at Perkins Elementary School, Des Moines Public Schools Natalie Franke, a second-grade teacher at Brookview E…

Iowa History Advisory Council issues recommendations on Iowa history education

Date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Gov. Terry Branstad was joined at the Administration’s weekly press conference today by Stefanie Wager from the Iowa Department of Education and Director Mary Cownie from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to announce the Iowa History Advisory Council’s recommendations on ways to improve Iowa history education…

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