Iowa is already taking steps – some that are state-wide and some that are local initiatives – to do more to prepare all students for their future.
Research shows that high expectations are a critical ingredient to improving student performance and ensuring success after high school. One example underway to meet that goal is the Iowa Core, which provides a guide to delivering challenging and meaningful content to students that prepares them for success in life.
The Iowa Core identifies essential concepts and skills for kindergarten through 12th grade in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and 21st century skills. It also includes direction for teachers regarding effective instruction and assessment. It takes learning to a deeper level by moving students beyond superficial knowledge to deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. The Iowa Core enhances student engagement by emphasizing interesting, robust and relevant learning experiences.
The Iowa Core is providing a tool for school districts and educators to assure that these essential subjects are being taught and essential knowledge and skills are being learned. The Iowa Core also provides a foundation for school districts to implement graduation requirements more effectively and meaningfully.
The Iowa Core is one step in the right direction on our journey to improve and innovate the education of our students.