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Input sought on draft social studies standards

Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on …

Interim study of Iowa’s teacher leadership system shows positive results

Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
System supports great teaching; impact on students not yet known The first school districts to launch teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System reported a positive impact on educators’ professional climate and classroom instruction, according to an interim evaluation repo…

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…

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