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Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program

Monday, December 11, 2017
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise surprises North High School's Robert Nishimwe of Des Moines, telling Robert he's one of two Iowa students selected to participate in the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program. Des Moines Public Schools Administrator Jessica Gogerty looks on. Two Iowa stud…

National report shows Iowa is No. 1 in graduation rates again

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to a new National Center for Education Statistics report showing Iowa again leads the country in high school graduation rates:  “We’re proud that Iowa continues to be the national leader in high school graduat…

State Board of Education adopts new fine arts standards for Iowa schools

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
DES MOINES – Members of the State Board of Education today adopted new fine arts standards for students in preschool through 12th grade.  The board adopted, based on an Iowa’s team’s recommendation, the National Core Arts Standards, which are used in 22 states and were developed by an alliance of national…

Gov. Reynolds announces 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan AMES – Aileen Sullivan, a veteran chemistry teacher who equips her students with skills that transcend the classroom, is the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today at Ames High School in Ames. “Teachers are the single most import…

Iowa makes progress in expanding computer science opportunities for students

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
DES MOINES – A work group charged with studying ways to expand computer science opportunities for all students today released recommendations that will position Iowa to become a national leader in computer science education. The recommendations include a vision that computer science will eventually become a high scho…

Iowa Department of Education announces winning bid for new statewide assessments

Thursday, September 28, 2017
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today announced the winning bidder for new statewide assessments of student progress in English language arts, mathematics and science to be given in the 2018-19 school year. A formal notice of intent to award was issued naming a proposal from American Institutes for Res…

Gov. Reynolds proclaims Sept. 24-30 Iowa Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Increasing the number of Iowans with credentials needed for in-demand jobs is key to Future Ready Iowa success DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation recognizing Sept. 24 – 30 as Iowa Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The week, which coincides with the National Adult Education and…

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Four Iowa educators have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The two math finalists are: Rachel Giesmann, high school teacher at Mediapolis High School, Mediapolis Maria “Gabby” Granadillo, middle school teacher at McKinley Middle Sch…

Iowa Department of Education submits ESSA plan to U.S. Department of Education

Monday, September 18, 2017
DES MOINES – After more than a year of development, collection of feedback and revision, the Iowa Department of Education on Monday submitted to the U.S. Department of Education its plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  ESSA, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Sec…

Iowa’s History Teacher of the Year named

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A fifth-grade teacher from Pella has been named the state History Teacher of the Year. Rebecca Helland, who teaches at Jefferson Intermediate School, was named by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History after being recommended by an Iowa Department of Education committee. The institute’s mission is to pro…


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