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Director Ryan Wise reflects on the past, looks forward to the future

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Monday, January 4, 2016
As we ring in 2016, I hope we all take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and the opportunities ahead of us in the new year. Iowa has a strong foundation in education, and we’re poised to make 2016 a banner year. The cornerstone to our education foundation is Iowa’s graduation rate, …

It’s official: Iowa again leads in graduation rates

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to finalized data released by the U.S. Department of Education. Data show that 90.5 percent of Iowa’s seniors graduated from high school in the 2013-14 school year, up from 89.7 percent the year before. That compares to an 82.3 percent na…

New Iowa School Report Card measures public school performance

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Website meets legislative requirement, aligns with state education goals The Iowa Department of Education today released the Iowa School Report Card, a new web-based system to evaluate and rate each public school based on performance on a required set of measures, such as student attendance and graduation rates. …

State effort leads to more work-based learning experiences for K-12 students

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Iowa has expanded the quality and range of work-based learning experiences for students in kindergarten through 12th grade because of a stronger connection between business and education made possible through a state network established by the Legislature, a new Iowa Department of Education report shows. “When we …

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Monday, Dec. 14

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Friday, December 11, 2015
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. See the complete agenda with attachments.

97 school districts added to Iowa’s teacher leadership system

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the next group of school districts chosen to launch local teacher leadership plans through Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System. Ninety-seven school districts have been added to the state system, bringing the total number of districts in …

Director Ryan Wise releases statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act: “I’m pleased with the broad, bipartisan support for this important federal legislation to fix the flawed No Child Left Behind law. Iowa and all…

Enhancing instruction - for all

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Universal Design for Learning enables delving deeper into subjects General education teacher Leslie Aden prompts Morgan Reed in a lesson on compare and contrast. Leslie Aden was leading her fifth grade students in a class discussion on the book Bridge to Terabithia. “Who were the main characters?” she…

Input needed from the education community

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community…

Director Wise announces members of new Iowa History Advisory Council

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the 24 Iowans who will serve on an advisory council to study and recommend improvements to Iowa history education in K-12 schools. The council will examine issues around history teaching and learning, including best practices. The group will consider in…

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