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Iowa team to draft new social studies standards

Friday, January 15, 2016
Draft standards will be subject to public review process Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced the members of a state team that will rewrite Iowa’s social studies standards for public review and possible adoption statewide. The team’s work will begin Jan. 21. “As a former social st…

Celebrating Iowa's Success: Gilbert Elementary School

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
You would be hard-pressed to find more momentum in early literacy in the state than at Gilbert Elementary School. Gilbert Elementary, which is north of Ames, has stepped up its early literacy efforts over the past eight years. And the efforts are paying off: Only about 4 percent of the school’s third graders have …

Iowa students selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program

Monday, January 11, 2016
Two Iowa students were selected from across the state to participate in the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C. Timothy Foley of Clive and Beau Ragland of Marshalltown were selected to be members of the 104-student delegation participating in Washington Week. T…

Getting to the nuts and bolts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
How to make Specially Designed Instruction effective – and scalable Special Education Teacher Kyle Paulson works with a student, keenly focusing on the child’s skill deficiencies. Don’t expect Ronda Hilbert to sugarcoat her words about the state of special education. “I think it is a shame that we…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …


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