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Articles from November, 2013

Student survey results can help districts improve learning conditions

Date: 
Monday, November 25, 2013
A recent survey shows a mixed bag when it comes to the perspectives of Iowa’s students as they see life at school and home. On the plus side: Students feel that the staff and faculty at their schools are more engaged with them.  On the downside: Bullying reports are on the rise. The Iowa Youth Survey, cond…

Six Iowa schools honored for ‘Breaking Barriers’

Date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Schools recognized for reducing gaps in achievement among students Six schools from across the state were honored by the State Board of Education today for significant progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award was created by the State Board of Education.…

Notice for Public Comment - Field Test Flexibility Waiver

Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Iowa is seeking the double-testing flexibility for the participating  local schools by requesting a one-year waiver of the following requirements in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. As part of the waiver application process, the public is invited to provide comment on the c…

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Nov. 20-21

Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Iowa State Board of Education will meet on November 20-21 in Des Moines. The State Board of Education’s business meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. On…

A (big) cut above the rest

Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2013
Teachers Tania Fried and Megan Jones prepare to co-teach. School makes huge strides in ensuring high achievement It’s no secret that many Iowa schools struggle with getting grade-level achievement from their students on Individualized Education Programs. On average, only 32.31 percent of students with Individua…

Notice for Public Comment - SIG Application Waivers

Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education is in the process of writing the FY 2013 School Improvement Grant application, new awards competition (Section 1003[3] of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, CFDA Number 84.377A). As part of the grant application, the department is seeking the following waivers. The public is…

Iowa’s top teachers honored

Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2013
Flanked by Iowa Department of Education Bureau Chief Byron Darnall on the left and Director of Education Brad Buck on the right, the finalists and winner of the 2014 Teacher of the Year are, from left to right, Kristi Wickre, Kari Murray, Jane Schmidt (winner), Elaine Wolf and Aaron Maurer. Finalist Jon Parrott was una…

Iowa’s NAEP results show some gains, need for improvement

Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Iowa’s student results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show some gains in math and reading since 2011, but stagnation over the long term remains a challenge statewide. “We see some bright spots in today’s results, but they largely underscore the need to continue pushing forward with our educ…

Advisory: State Board of Education telephonic meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 6

Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Iowa State Board of Education will hold a telephonic meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. The telephonic meeting will originate in the 2nd floor State Board Room of the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. Members of the media and the public may attend in person or dial in at the foll…

All Iowa districts apply for teacher leadership planning grants

Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced that all 346 Iowa school districts applied for planning grants to support the local development of teacher leadership and compensation systems. This effort to better utilize the expertise of top teachers to improve classroom instruction and raise studen…

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