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Iowa leads the nation in providing college-credit opportunities to high school students

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Iowa is a national leader in providing opportunities for high school students to enroll in college coursework, according to two publications released by the Iowa Department of Education. Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of students under age 18 enrolled in community colleges or in all public institutions comb…

State Board of Education endorses assessment proposal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Members of the State Board of Education today endorsed a state task force’s recommendation to adopt the Smarter Balanced assessments as Iowa’s new state test. The endorsement was part of a board resolution that was adopted in a unanimous vote during a meeting by telephone. The resolution will be sent to Iowa leg…

Iowans needed to help prevent child hunger in the summer

Monday, February 2, 2015
In an effort to head off hunger, the Iowa Department of Education is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. About 90 percent of the more than 195,000 Iowa students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch…

Statewide enrollment continues to climb

Friday, January 30, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the overall number of students enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2014-15 school year increased from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released today by the Iowa Department of Education. This pattern follows 17 years of declining enrollment.…

Public input sought on science standards

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
February public forums scheduled; survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a preliminary proposal to update Iowa’s science standards. Buck announced a series of February public forums and an online survey following a state panel’s r…

Annual Condition of Education report is available

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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…

126 school districts chosen for teacher leadership system

Friday, December 19, 2014
Note: This press release was updated 12/21/14 to accurately reflect the total number of school districts chosen to participate. Valley School District, which was selected in collaboration with North Fayette, was added to the list. In addition, Edgewood-Colesburg was moved from the 2016-17 list to the 2015-16 list. I…

Gov. Branstad announces 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Friday, December 5, 2014
Clemencia Spizzirri, whose passion for helping students and families stems from her own childhood in Ecuador, is the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced today at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines. “Great teaching gives children the foundation they need to be good citizens and to successf…

Five Iowa schools honored for breaking education barriers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Five schools from across the state were honored by the State Board of Education today for their work to raise achievement among 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 recognize…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Nov. 19-20

Monday, November 17, 2014
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on Nov. 19-20 in Des Moines. The regular meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session will begin at 9 a.m in the second-floor State Board Room, followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m.…


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 27, 2015 at 2:15am.