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Just to Reiterate: Branstad Is Not Stopping the Common Core

October 18, 2013 2 Comments

“Wait, wait… I thought Governor Branstad has rejected the federal Common Core?” Nope, not quite as Mike Wiser reports at The Sioux City Journal (and we told you yesterday). “What we’re saying is this: We want to make sure this is an Iowa academic standard and the needs of our state are not going to […]

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What the Branstad Executive Order Does and Does Not Do

October 17, 2013 0 Comments

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s executive order is a good first step at addressing concerns surrounding the Common Core, but doesn’t end the debate.

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Iowa Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Votes to Approve

October 16, 2013 2 Comments

I left the Next Generation Science Standards task force meeting at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines early.  I didn’t think there was going to be a vote taken today.  I was wrong. A friend called me and this is how the vote broke down: 11 members voted to approve without reservations. 7 […]

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Iowa’s Next Generation Science Standards Public Survey Results

October 16, 2013 0 Comments

I received yesterday a copy of the results of a public survey that the Iowa Department of Education ran on Survey Monkey for the Next Generation Science Standards.  It was dominated by educators as one would probably expect.  It asked several questions where respondents had to share narrative answers.  It should not be considered a […]

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3rd Iowa Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

October 15, 2013 0 Comments

The 3rd Next Generation Task Force Meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, October 16) from 10:00a – 3:00p.  It will be held at the Science Center of Iowa (401 W. MLK Parkway, Des Moines) in the Principal Hall.  It is open to the public.  If you can attend even part of the meeting tomorrow that […]

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Christian School in Central Iowa: Who Wants to be Common?

October 10, 2013 3 Comments

Dr. Brenda Hillman, the administrator of Iowa Christian Academy in West Des Moines sent the following email out to parents and supporters. Who wants to be Common? Iowa Christian Academy remains in control of the learning process within our school; it is the academic freedom that we enjoy as a nonpublic school. The ICA Board […]

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Iowa Educators Opposed to Common Core–We Want to Hear from You!

October 1, 2013 0 Comments

We want to hear from any educator in Iowa who is opposed to the Common Core.  If you would please take this short survey. The only question that is required is this: “Why do you oppose the Common Core State Standards and/or assessments?”  The rest is voluntary.  If you’d like to be more public in […]

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Open Letter from an Iowa Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Member

September 30, 2013 22 Comments

Guest post by Jill Jennings Hi there! You may or may not know that I am on the Iowa Task Force for the possible adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I have been to Des Moines twice in the last two months for meetings to discuss this. We are scheduled to have at […]

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Task Force: Next Generation Science Standards or Iowa Core?

Leslie Beck • September 20, 2013 • Task Force: Next Generation Science Standards or Iowa Core?
Task Force: Next Generation Science Standards or Iowa Core?

The task force held their second meeting last Wednesday to discuss whether to replace the Iowa Core Science Standards with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The task force is comprised of 28 members.  The task force is being asked to come to consensus at the Oct. 16th meeting and choose between the existing science […]

Task Force: Next Generation Science Standards or Iowa Core?

2nd Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

September 17, 2013 • 2nd Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow
2nd Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the Next Generation Science Standards Task Force meeting will be held tomorrow, September 18th from 9:00a – 3:00p. This meeting will be held at the Science Center of Iowa (401 W. MLK Parkway, Des Moines).  It is open to the public, but you will not be given an opportunity to speak. […]

2nd Next Generation Science Standards Task Force Meeting Tomorrow