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Have you been able to make the shift? January 2017 Iowa Core Blog Post

Have you been able to make the shift?

So what are the major differences in practice that one should expect to see when the Iowa Core Standards in Literacy are being implemented?

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Iowa Draft Iowa Social Studies Standards

Input sought on draft social studies standards

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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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

So what are the major differences in practice that one should expect to see when the Iowa Core Standards in Literacy are being implemented? Those differences in classroom practice, materials, and assessment are described by what are called the shifts. So what are the English Language Arts shifts? The first shift is regular practice with complex texts and their academic language. Next, reading, writing, and speaking are grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational. Finally,... 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

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.