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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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If you’re checking off the standards from a list…

If you’re checking off the standards from a list…

Standards are often seen as checklists. “Yeah, we do that already” is sometimes a common sentiment. I also hear, “There are so many standards, so we must prioritize which ones we teach.” So, what is the purpose of standards and how should they be used?

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Voice from the Field

Standards are often seen as checklists. “Yeah, we do that already” is sometimes a common sentiment. I also hear, “There are so many standards, so we must prioritize which ones we teach.” So, what is the purpose of standards and how should they be used? Simply put, standards outline what students should know and be able to do in a certain content area, but the implementation of standards is much more complex. First, standards impact individual teachers, but they should also impact districts from... 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

Former President of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Browse the Iowa Core Standards by grade and subject.

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

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.

Resources to assist parents and community members in understanding Iowa’s academic standards and supporting children in acquiring and applying the knowledge and skills that are required learning for all Iowa’s K-12 students.