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March 2017 Voice from the Field blog post

Digging deeper into the new Iowa science standards

The new Iowa science standards are complicated and even overwhelming at times.

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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

Justin Uhlenhopp and Tyler Wedemeier are science teachers at Forest City Middle School (FCMS). As a first-year teacher at FCMS, Justin was introduced to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are the basis of the new Iowa Science Standards, by Tyler, who explained how he had used these standards the year before. Now three years later, they have jointly developed a plan of attack for the implementation of the standards. In this blog, they are sharing what they learned over the past... 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.