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Articles from 04/2017

Iowa review team recommends new social studies standards

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Team’s report, draft standards will go to the State Board of Education for consideration DES MOINES - A state team charged with reviewing a draft of proposed statewide standards for social studies today released its final report, which recommends that the draft standards become Iowa’s new social studies standard…

Law expands pathways to earning high school equivalency diploma

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Unemployment hits those without high school diplomas especially hard. Of the nearly 146,000 working-age Iowans without diplomas, a full 10.7 percent are unemployed. That’s compared to only 3.8 percent of those who hold at least a high school diploma. Going back to earn a diploma can represent an obstacle. There…

It all adds up in 'BizTown'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ALLEMAN - Few people would argue that two plus two equals anything but four. If comprehending that was the only requirement for being truly financially literate, life for most people might be pretty straightforward and fairly easy. But in reality, financial literacy is indeed much more than just basic arithmetic. …

Register today for learning supports conference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The deadline is rapidly approaching for a May conference designed to build and promote effective learning support practices. The Iowa Department of Education’s 2017 Learning Supports Conference is scheduled for May 9 and 10. The conference will offer sessions on School-wide and Early Childhood Positive Behavior In…

Input sought on fine arts standards

Thursday, April 13, 2017
April public forums scheduled; online survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking public input on fine arts standards that are under consideration in Iowa.  Wise announced public forums throughout the state on April 25 and April 27, as well as an online s…

It’s not just a PE class, but a classroom full of possibilities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If you are thinking of observing the Fifth Annual Every Kid Healthy Week, you might do well to visit Mark Jungmann’s physical education class. That’s because Jungmann, who teaches at West Elementary in North Polk Community School District, takes PE to a whole new level. On one particular day, the gym was tran…

Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches new high of 91.3%

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
State’s annual dropout rate also increased, although long-term trend shows decline Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row while dropout rates edged up for the first time since the 2009-10 school year, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education. …

Iowa Teacher of the Year nominations due April 28

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
There are literally thousands of talented Iowa educators who lead and inspire their students. But only one is chosen annually as the state’s top teacher. The deadline to nominate the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 28. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to re…

Director Wise: Ever-changing world: Let's pause for thought

Monday, April 3, 2017
Being late usually carries negative consequences. However, in Thank You For Being Late, Thomas Friedman turns tardiness into opportunity. He uses an instance in which a friend was running behind to reflect upon a rapidly changing world. Friedman highlights several trends impacting education and the workforce in this…

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2018 at 8:32pm.