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February 2017 Iowa Core Blog post

Mixing it up: Incorporating content-area literacy instruction

In my role as a literacy consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, I have the opportunity to work with teachers in many different school districts.

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Transitioning to Smarter Balanced Assessments

A new webpage will help Iowa teachers, leaders, and parents prepare for a transition to new statewide assessments in English language arts and mathematics in 2017-18.

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New science standards: Learning from educators who have implemented them

New science standards: Learning from educators who have implemented them

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Iowa Core Parent's Guides

Iowa Core Parent Guides/Guía Para Padres

Parent guides, in English and Spanish, provide an overview of what students will learn by the end of each grade level as directed by the Iowa Core, our statewide academic standards.

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Voice from the Field

In my role as a literacy consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, I have the opportunity to work with teachers in many different school districts. I often hear from teachers that the majority of their day is spent teaching reading and math. As they struggle to find time to teach social studies and science, many teachers are using content area trade books and other text sources during their literacy block.  What does this look like and how can it benefit students? Content area... Read More

Iowa Core Spotlight

Educators, parents, business people – they support the Iowa Core. Why? Because they understand that the Iowa Core ensures all students are experiencing higher levels of education. Critical-thinking, analysis, and deduction are just some of the skills that students in the 21st century will be expected to have upon graduation.

Stephanie Mishler

Stephanie Mishler

Science Teacher, Ottumwa High School
Ottumwa, IA
Susie Lund

Susie Lund

Instructional Coach and Alternate Assessment Coordinator, Waterloo Community School District
Waterloo, IA
Brooke Fischels

Brooke Fischels

President of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Explore the Iowa Core

Browse the Iowa Core Standards by grade and subject.

Iowa Core Essential Elements are for students with significant cognitive disabilities participating in alternate assessments.

Educator Resources

Planning, professional learning, and observational tools to assist leaders in supporting implementation of the Iowa Core. Teacher tools to help design instruction that support all students in meeting Iowa Core expectations.