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Iowa’s high school graduation rate tops 90 percent

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed statewide for the fourth year in a row while dropout rates continue to fall, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education. The data show 90.5 percent of students in Iowa’s Class of 2014 graduated within four years. “Iowans should be…

'Broadband Matters' to educators in April

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
High-speed broadband is changing the education landscape in Iowa. Broadband advocates are invited to two April 9 events connected to the Iowa Communications Network’s Broadband Matters campaign: •    ICN’s Broadband Matters Legislative Day will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Legislative Din…

Outstanding college and career readiness efforts recognized

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today celebrated a group of Iowans who have advanced the goal of getting students to graduate from high school ready for success in college and the workplace. The Iowa College and Career Readiness honorees were recognized during a State Board of Education meeting. The …

Science standards team to reconvene in April

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Members of a state team charged with reviewing Iowa’s science standards agreed today that the Next Generation Science Standards will be the basis for their work on a final recommendation to the State Board of Education. That work will continue at the Science Standards Review Team’s next meeting on April 14. At t…

Buck, Branstad, Reynolds issue statement on Buck’s opportunity as next superintendent of Cedar Rapids district

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today released the following statement on being named the next superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District:      “As a native of Cedar Rapids and a proud graduate of Jefferson High School, I’m thrilled to return to my…

Volunteers needed for differentiated accountability pilot

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education is seeking 30-40 volunteer districts, nonpublic schools, preschool programs and Area Education Agencies to participate in a pilot program for implementing a new model of accreditation and improvement for districts, AEAs, and pre-kindergarten programs. The Department will implement a …

Want more options in your class scheduling?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Scheduling troubles? Want to expand your course offerings? Need a second-semester option in the fall? Iowa Learning Online is your answer – at no cost to you or your students. The Iowa Department of Education’s Iowa Learning Online enables students to sign up any period of the day for the classes they want or…

Iowa’s top teachers honored

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Front, left to right, Ann Johnson, Clemencia Spizzirri, Tamara Tjeerdsma, Tamara Bane and James Hardy. Second row, left to right, Ryan Higgins, Joshua Steenhoek, Janna Bjork, and Molly Sweeney.Third row, left to right, Dann Speichinger, Jessica Watson, Tammie Cass and Renee McCombs.Back row, left to right, Stan Winq…

Branstad, Reynolds, Iowa Department of Education announce Iowa Financial Literacy Summit

Monday, March 9, 2015
A great education includes knowing how to make smart, responsible financial decisions. As part of a statewide effort to improve students’ financial literacy skills, Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today announced they will host an Iowa Financial Literacy Summit this …

Emphasize fluency over comprehension?

Friday, March 6, 2015
Keystone trainers meet with teachers in Elkader to discuss their program that emphasizes fluency over comprehension. For the cost of only commitment, Keystone Area Education Agency in Elkader has created a promising literacy program that focuses on specific skill-building techniques.   A few bellwether…


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 01, 2015 at 7:20pm.