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Iowa sponsors needed to help prevent child hunger in the summer

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Monday, January 29, 2018
DES MOINES – In an effort to head off hunger, the Iowa Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals or snacks to children in low-income areas of the state during the summer months.  Nearly 200,000 Iowa students who qualify for free and reduced-price…

Five Iowa schools honored for breaking education barriers

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
DES MOINES – Five Iowa schools were honored today by the State Board of Education for their work to raise achievement among groups of students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. The Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award was created by the State Board of Education. Each year, the award r…

Annual reports on Iowa’s schools and community colleges are available

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest editions of two annual reports containing state-level data and information on Iowa’s schools and community colleges: The Annual Condition of Education report includes data on shifts in preschool through 12th grade student populations and …

Director Wise convenes state team to recommend computer science standards for schools

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today convened members of a new team that will review and recommend statewide standards for computer science education. The Computer Science Standards Review Team has been established as part of Senate File 274, which former Gov. Branstad signed into law…

Iowa School Report Card updated and released

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest results of the Iowa School Report Card, a web-based school ratings system.  The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates public schools on some measures of achievement. They include student pr…

Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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