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Iowa teachers named state finalists for nation’s highest honor in math, science teaching

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Seven Iowa teachers have been named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The two science finalists are: Joshua Steenhoek, a fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson Intermediate School in the Pella Community School District Jessica Watson, a multi-age teache…

The Iowa Core and the IEP

Date: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kim Siberski says the Iowa Core ensures her students are learning the same materials as other students. The Core-and-more battle cry in educating students on Individualized Education Programs turned to boots-on-the-ground reality this fall as teachers unpacked the Iowa Core in earnest. That’s because the Iowa…

Iowa task force recommends new state assessment

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Members recommend the Legislature adopt Smarter Balanced assessments Members of the Assessment Task Force today recommended that Iowa lawmakers adopt the Smarter Balanced assessments as Iowa’s new state test for public and accredited nonpublic schools starting with the 2016-17 school year. The task force also m…

Notice of Public Comment - Title I, Part A Waiver

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Iowa Department of Education intends to request a one-year waiver of the Title I, Part A regulatory provision that prohibits a state from approving as providers of supplemental educational services (SES) schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring and local educational agencies (LEAs) id…

Iowans to weigh in on state academic standards

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Review process will begin with science standards on Nov. 4 Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the first phase of a new process for reviewing Iowa’s statewide academic standards. The process will help Iowa build on the strong foundation already set by the standards. Under the first p…

Three Iowa school districts receive literacy grant for English Language Learners

Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the Denison, Des Moines and Postville school districts won a state grant in partnership with the Department to boost the literacy skills of students who don’t speak English as their native language.   The goal of the grant program is to develop …

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Oct. 30

Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. The business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the second-floor State Board Room. See the complete agenda with attachments here.

New website helps Iowans understand, apply Iowa Core

Date: 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today launched IowaCore.gov, a new website created to increase public understanding of the Iowa Core standards and to help educators put the standards into practice in schools statewide. The Iowa Core standards set consistent expectations for learning in schools across…

Shared Visions grants will be available soon

Date: 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Shared Visions Program grants for fiscal year 2016 (July 2015-June 2016) will be awarded on a competitive basis contingent upon the state appropriation. Shared Visions Parent Support Program funding will be used for educational support to parents of children aged birth through 5 years with priority to applicants who…

The 2014 special education survey: beyond belief

Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014
The 2014 Special Education Survey revealed a lot about the state’s special education community. For one, we’re a passionate bunch. Another, we have strong opinions. But it’s all good: We use those two attributes to move the special education community forward. That’s no small challenge, amid the historic edu…

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