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A (big) cut above the rest

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Eight Questions for Iowa’s Teacher of the Year

Date: 
Monday, October 28, 2013
Governor Branstad congratulates Jane Schmidt on being named the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Jane Schmidt, an eighth-grade literacy and language arts teacher at Maquoketa Middle School, has been named the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year. Schmidt, a 33-year teaching veteran, serves as a teacher mentor at her school a…

Director Buck announces members of new Assessment Task Force

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced the 19 Iowans who will serve on a task force that will study the state’s assessment needs and will recommend a new state test for public and accredited nonpublic schools. The Assessment Task Force was established as part of House File 215, the landmark educ…

Gov. Branstad announces 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year

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Friday, October 18, 2013
Jane Schmidt, a longtime teacher known for her leadership, her ability to connect with students, and her commitment to improvement, is the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced in Maquoketa. “Great teachers make a world of difference for their students, for their colleagues and for their com…

Website changes: See what’s new

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Welcome to the Iowa Department of Education’s website, which has undergone some changes in an effort to meet a new standard for all state agency websites. These changes will result in a more functional and secure website. You’ll notice that our website has a different look now, but it is organized in much the sa…

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