Iowa team to review literacy standards
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 www.iowacore.gov.