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Iowa Science Standards

Members of the State Board of Education adopted the current Iowa Science Standards in August 2015. Full implementation is expected for K-5 and 9-12 by the end of 2018-19 and for 6-8 by the end of 2020-21. An implementation guide provides teachers, districts, and AEAs with a process to help ensure implementation.

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Statewide Science Professional Development

The Iowa Department of Education is offering science professional development related to standards implementation and best practice in science education in every AEA. Each AEA sets the dates this professional development is offered. Be sure to check the professional development site at your AEA to find the dates and locations for the PD nearest you!


Kris Kilibarda


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Tools to design instruction that supports all students to meet Iowa Core expectations in science.

Understanding and Implementing the Science Standards

Planning, Aligning, Teaching

Early Childhood


Tools to engage in assessment for learning and assessment of learning the Iowa Core in science.

Assessment in Science

Professional Development

Tools to use in professional development in science.

STEM Smart Brief - Provides information on research and promising practices in teaching and learning under the Next Generation Science Standards.

Professional Development for the Iowa Science Standards

Professional Learning from National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Professional Learning from Education Partners

Sara Coleman“… earlier this week, I caught Savannah staring out the window with her little doggy notebook and a pencil, and when I asked her what she was doing, she said, ‘I am observing the moon like a scientist and writing down my observations.’ It was precious”. ~A proud parent~

Science is more than knowing “stuff.” The Iowa Core science standards, through connection to the Next Generation Science Standards, lay the foundation for Iowa kindergarten through 12th grade science educators to help students build sophisticated understanding in three ways:

  • A focus on the Science and Engineering Practices: How do scientists and engineers choose and solve problems?
  • Crosscutting Concepts: How are science disciplines connected?
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: What is truly necessary for students to understand about the natural world as citizens and members of our future economy?

In my own classroom, students ask questions, gather data, create models, and generate explanations as a scientific community, much as practicing scientists do. In my classroom I see learning, I see connection, and I see the power of the Iowa Core.
My hope is for Savannah to continue her journey of thinking like a scientist and that all Iowa students join her.