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Making sense of math

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Educators look on as students are led through a math exercise. The old days of math class went something like this: The teacher would scrawl out a problem on the chalkboard, show the class what she was doing, and then hand out worksheets for her students to replicate it. There’s no question that approach wo…

2013 Session: What's new for schools

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Monday, July 8, 2013
Iowa school leaders can expect a number of statute changes affecting education policy following the 2013 legislative session. Read the Iowa Department of Education’s summary. The Department also has released guidance to help participating school districts develop teacher leadership and compensation systems.

Closing the education gap starts early

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education has kicked off a program designed to better deliver early intervention to infants and toddlers throughout the state. The program, called Distance Mentoring Model, or DMM, enhances the training of service providers who work with infants and toddlers through age 3 who have been identif…

Director chosen to lead Reading Research Center

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Michelle Hosp has been selected to be the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. Hosp will lead the center, which was created by the Iowa Legislature to act as a sort of clearinghouse of top-notch literacy practices for educators and parents. The center’s purpose is to apply current research for the deve…

Notice for Public Comment on Iowa Plan for High Cost Fund

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Monday, June 17, 2013
The Iowa Department of Education has prepared an amended High Cost Pool Plan for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year. This plan describes how funding set aside under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B may be accessed by local education agencies (LEA). The Plan is la…

Breaking through challenging behavior

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
A sixth-grade Iowa student was on his school’s collective last nerve. His challenging behavior was, at best, disruptive. At worst, he was a physical threat to himself and others. His behavior ran the gamut – from hair-pulling, grabbing, kicking and scratching staff to injuring himself – up to 100 times an hour…

Historic education reform bill becomes law

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Monday, June 3, 2013
Iowa’s historic education reform legislation became law on July 1. The bill, signed by Gov. Branstad at North High School in Des Moines, was the culmination of bipartisan work in the Legislature. For education stakeholders, however, the law marks a new beginning. The centerpiece of the legislation creates a tea…

Advisory: State Board of Education retreat is June 4-5

Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013
The Iowa State Board of Education’s annual retreat will take place on June 4-5 at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. View a copy of the complete agenda with attachments here.

Iowa’s vocabulary results on NAEP test are released

Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013
Iowa’s student results on the vocabulary portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress declined significantly from 2009 to 2011 at the fourth-grade level and were stagnant at the eighth-grade level, according to NAEP results released today. “Today’s NAEP results are troubling for Iowa because voca…

Smarter Balanced practice tests

Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Teachers, parents and students in Iowa and across the country can now access new online practice tests that are aligned to common math and literacy standards adopted by Iowa and 44 other states. The practice tests provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured on the Smarter Balanced assessments b…

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