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Articles from February, 2014

Districts prepare for Aug. 1 early literacy deadline

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Early literacy efforts in Iowa are ramping up. The goal, which the Legislature put in place in 2012, is to ensure that students are proficient in reading by the time they finish third grade. That is a particularly important benchmark. “Research shows that if students are behind in reading by the end of third gr…

Singing praises about department’s music consultant

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Life is music to Rosanne Malek’s ears. Consider: Malek sees music in everything, from math to nature. Music is, Malek says, central to life – and academics. And it’s her passion for music that has led Malek, who is the music consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, to being honored on the national stage…

Iowans needed to help combat student hunger in the summer

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Iowa Department of Education seeks sponsors for summer meal programs An estimated 91 percent of students who receive meal assistance during the school year go hungry during the summer months. That’s because there are not enough summer food programs statewide to meet the needs of the 195,712 students who qualify du…

What high-growth schools are doing

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
We talk a lot about academic proficiencies, and extol high-performing schools. That’s natural, of course, because it’s important to study our high-performing peers. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, topnotch systems didn’t get there over night. They did, however, get there through sustained and committ…

A challenge, an opportunity

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Though Iowa’s national rankings are low, state aligns education for strong future Iowa continues to rank at or near the bottom of the nation when it comes to basic reading proficiency among students on Individualized Education Programs (IEP). The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that fou…

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