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Iowans needed to help prevent child hunger in the summer

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
In an effort to head off hunger, the Iowa Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner or snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. About 90 percent of the more than 200,000 Iowa students who qualify for free a…

Annual Condition of Education report is available

Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest edition of the annual Condition of Education report. The report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results and school financial inform…

Four Iowa schools honored for breaking education barriers

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Four Iowa schools were honored today by the State Board of Education, as well as Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, 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…

Iowa team to draft new social studies standards

Friday, January 15, 2016
Draft standards will be subject to public review process Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the members of a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide. The team’s work will begin Jan. 21. “As a former social st…

New Iowa School Report Card measures public school performance

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Website meets legislative requirement, aligns with state education goals The Iowa Department of Education today released the Iowa School Report Card, a new web-based system to evaluate and rate each public school based on performance on a required set of measures, such as student attendance and graduation rates. …

State effort leads to more work-based learning experiences for K-12 students

Monday, December 14, 2015
Iowa has expanded the quality and range of work-based learning experiences for students in kindergarten through 12th grade because of a stronger connection between business and education made possible through a state network established by the Legislature, a new Iowa Department of Education report shows. “When we …

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Monday, Dec. 14

Friday, December 11, 2015
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. See the complete agenda with attachments.

97 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch local teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Ninety-seven school districts have been added to the state system, bringing the total number of districts in …

Director Ryan Wise releases statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act: “I’m pleased with the broad, bipartisan support for this important federal legislation to fix the flawed No Child Left Behind law. Iowa and all…

Director Wise announces members of new Iowa History Advisory Council

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the 24 Iowans who will serve on an advisory council to study and recommend improvements to Iowa history education in K-12 schools. The council will examine issues around history teaching and learning, including best practices. The group will consider in…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 10, 2016 at 2:28pm.