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Iowa team to review literacy standards


Friday, February 19, 2016

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the members of a state team that will review Iowa’s academic standards for literacy.

The Literacy Standards Review Team represents the second phase of an ongoing state process for reviewing Iowa’s academic standards, which also cover science, social studies, mathematics and 21st century skills, such as financial literacy.

The process was prompted by Gov. Branstad’s Executive Order 83, which called for an ongoing review of Iowa’s academic standards, including public comment, to identify areas for improvement. Iowa was the last state in the nation to adopt statewide standards, which outline consistent expectations for what students should know and be able to do.

“Iowa has set a strong foundation with our state standards, and we will continue to revisit them to make sure they are the right fit,” Wise said. “Just as workforce needs evolve, so do our expectations for the knowledge and skills students need to graduate from high school prepared to succeed.”

The first phase of the standards review process ended last August, with the State Board of Education’s adoption of new science standards. The Department also has convened a state team to rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards.

The Literacy Standards Review Team will meet for the first time on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room B100 (basement level) of the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. Meetings are open to the public.

Members of the review team are as follows:

Vickie Anstey, Griswold Community School District

Beth Baker-Brodersen, Des Moines Area Community College

Sandra Beisker, Dubuque Community School District

Lauren Burt, Meredith Corporation

Bridget Castelluccio, Cedar Rapids Community School District

Kara Dietrich, Ballard Community School District

Dixie Forcht, South Tama Community School District

Carol Glackin, Morningside College

Mendy Haefs, St. Patrick Elementary School, Sheldon

Liz Hansen, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District

Sally Huddle, Iowa Wesleyan University

Laura Johnson, Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Heather Lundquist, Atlantic Community School District

Kelsey Meyer, Grundy Center Community School District

Kristine Milburn, West Des Moines Community School District

Erin Miller, Ames Community School District

Kathy Perret, Northwest Area Education Agency

Deborah Reed, Iowa Reading Research Center

Jonathan Rogers, Iowa City Community School District

Molly Tripp, A-H-S-T Community School District

Josh Wager, Des Moines Public Schools

Sarah Brown Wessling, Johnston Community School District

For more information about the Literacy Standards Review Team, visit the team's webpage.

For more information about Iowa’s state standards, visit

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 18, 2018 at 8:34pm.