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281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.5

Chapter 12 of the Iowa Administrative Code describes English-language arts instruction at grade levels 1-12, which includes the following:

12.5(3) Elementary program, Grades 1-6.
a. English-language arts. English-language arts instruction shall include the following communication processes: speaking; listening; reading; writing; viewing; and visual expression and nonverbal communication. Instruction shall incorporate language learning and creative, logical, and critical thinking. The following shall be taught: oral and written composition; communication processes and skills, including handwriting and spelling; literature; creative dramatics; and reading.

12.5(4) Junior-high program, Grades 7 and 8.
a. English-language arts. Same definition as in 12.5(3) “a” with the exclusion of handwriting.

12.5(5) High school program, Grades 9-12.
a. English-language arts (six units). English-language arts instruction shall include the following communication processes: speaking; listening; reading; writing; viewing; and visual expression and nonverbal communication. Instruction shall incorporate language learning and creative, logical, and critical thinking. The program shall encompass communication processes and skills; written composition; speech; debate; American, English, and world literature; creative dramatics; and journalism.

Early Literacy Implementation (ELI)

View the legal requirements of this statute.

Literacy Teaching Endorsements

In Iowa, the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners handles teacher licensure. For the requirements for teaching endorsements in literacy, use the following links:

K-12 Literacy Standards

View statewide academic standards for Iowa K-12 students in literacy.

Literacy Standards Review (2016)

The State Board of Education adopted minimal revisions to the Iowa literacy standards, which underwent a formal review process. Recommendations by the Literacy Standards Review Team provide clarity and eliminate redundancy within the current standards.

Literacy Resources

Resources in ELA/literacy instruction, assessment and professional development that support students in meeting Iowa academic standards.

Iowa Reading Research Center

Provides guidance for literacy instruction in schools by conducting research in practical settings to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices.

AEA Literacy Websites