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Input sought on draft social studies standards

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 the draft standards. 

The draft represents the first statewide effort to update Iowa’s social studies standards, which were adopted in 2008. Iowa’s academic standards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 83.

“Standards are about setting consistent, rigorous learning goals statewide and leaving decisions about curriculum and teaching to local school administrators and teachers,” Wise said. “If our goal is to make sure Iowa students are ready for college and career training after high school, we must have clear, consistent statewide standards that are right for our state. That’s why public input is such a critical part of this review process.”

The proposed social studies standards were written earlier this year by a team of Iowa educators and leaders. The draft standards are now subject to review by the Social Studies Standards Review Team, which will take into consideration public feedback. The team’s final recommendations are expected to go to the State Board of Education in the spring.

The online survey is available at the following link: 

Iowans also can provide feedback at three public forums, either in person at three different sites across the state or remotely from satellite sites using video conferencing. The public forum sites and details are as follows:

Monday, Jan. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meeting location:
Heartland Area Education Agency
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston
Room 152B

Satellite sites:
Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City
Room 206

Keystone Area Education Agency
2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque
Room 1A

Thursday, Jan. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Meeting location:
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids
Autumn, Sone, and Revere Rooms

Satellite sites:
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas
North & South Twin Lakes Room

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
729 21st St., Bettendorf
Muscatine and Scott Rooms

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meeting location:
Green Hills Area Education Agency
24997 Highway 92, Council Bluffs
Halverson Conference Room

Satellite sites:
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
3601 West Ave., Burlington
Room B

AEA 267
909 S. 12th St., Marshalltown
Room B

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 22, 2018 at 4:25pm.