A sixth-grade Iowa student was on his school’s collective last nerve. His challenging behavior was, at best, disruptive. At worst, he was a physical threat to himself and others.
His behavior ran the gamut – from hair-pulling, grabbing, kicking and scratching staff to injuring himself – up to 100 times an hour.
With the wave of Gov. Branstad’s pen, Iowa’s historic education reform legislation will become law on July 1.
The bill-signing event, held June 3 at North High School in Des Moines, was the culmination of bipartisan work in the Legislature. For education stakeholders, however, the event represented a new beginning.
Teachers, parents and students in Iowa and across the country can now access new online practice tests that are aligned to common math and literacy standards adopted by Iowa and 44 other states.
The practice tests provide a preview of the types of questions that will be featured on the Smarter Balanced assessments beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The Smarter Balanced assessments are being developed by a consortium of states, including Iowa. Iowa will consider the assessments as a possible replacement for the Iowa Assessments but has not adopted them.
Did you know students can back slide in their reading abilities by a full month during the summer break? Even worse: A student can lose 2.6 months in math skills in the same time period!
Avoid the summer slide by joining the Council of Chief State Schools Officers’ summer reading and math challenges.
Iowa’s role in the Next Generation Science Standards initiative will shift from guiding the development of the new science standards to determining whether they are the right fit for Iowa.
Registration is under way for the Cognitively Guided Instruction 7th Biennial National Mathematics Conference to be held July 10-12 in Des Moines.
Cognitively Guided Instruction, or CGI, emphasizes teaching mathematics in a way that taps into how children think in order to maximize their understanding. It is particularly important in elementary school to ensure they will have a firm foundation upon which they can learn more advanced mathematics.
State Funding Cut
On October 8, 2009, Governor Chet Culver announced a 10 percent across-the-board cut to state general fund appropriations effective immediately.
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The June 2013 School Leader Update is now available.
The Iowa Department of Education has prepared an amended High Cost Pool Plan for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year. This plan describes how funding set aside under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B may be accessed by local education agencies (LEA).