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Science Standards Summer Institutes

Register today for Iowa science standards summer institutes

To launch the second year of a four-year Iowa science standards implementation process, the Iowa Department of Education is sponsoring grade-alike science institutes in June.

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Public input sought on literacy standards

Iowans are encouraged to weigh in on the state’s current literacy standards by taking an online survey.

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Jane Schmidt's "Voice from the Field" blog

Teacher blogs about Iowa's standards

Maquoketa educator and 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year Jane Schmidt answers questions about her blog, "Voice from the Field," a new resource for educators who are implementing Iowa’s academic standards.

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Getting to the core of the matter

Elementary school creates model to ensure Iowa Core access

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Plan maps out science standards implementation in Iowa

Iowa’s new science standards will be put in place over the course of the next three years, with full implementation by 2019.

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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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Welcome to

Welcome to is for educators, parents and other stakeholders to better understand, access, and deliver the Iowa Core standards.

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Voice from the Field

I love spring! It is that time of year when leaves begin to bud and flowers begin to bloom. It is a time of rebirth and fresh starts. The same happens each day in school – each day can be a fresh start, each lesson sparking a new birth of knowledge. Recently, the middle school principal asked if I would begin working with our middle school Language Arts Professional Learning Community. Attending the PLC conference in Minnesota last summer and being in a book study with our superintendent... 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.

Becky Thorson, Cedar Rapids CSD

Becky Thorson

K-8 Math Curriculum Facilitator, Cedar Rapids Community School District
Cedar Rapids
Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

Iowa Business Council
Des Moines
Susie Lund

Susie Lund

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

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.