What is the Iowa Core Curriculum?
shows that high expectations are a critical
ingredient in improving student performance and ensuring
student success beyond high school. The Iowa Core Curriculum provides
a guide to delivering challenging and meaningful content to
students that prepares them for success in life.The Iowa Core
Curriculum 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.
It also enhances student engagement by emphasizing interesting,
robust, and relevant learning experiences. The 2008 legislative
session, through Senate File 2216, requires all school
districts and accredited nonpublic schools to implement the Iowa Core
Curriculum (July 1, 2012 for grades 9 through 12 and 2014-15
for kindergarten through 8th grade).
it offer Iowa students?
The intent of the Iowa
Core Curriculum is to ensure that all Iowa students have access
to the challenging and meaningful curriculum that prepares them
for success in postsecondary education and the emerging global
What will it offer Iowa educators?
The intent of the Iowa Core Curriculum is to provide
a tool for Iowa school districts and educators to use in
assuring that essential subject matter is being taught and essential
knowledge and skills are being learned. The Iowa Core
Curriculum also provides a foundation for school districts to implement
graduation requirements more effectively and meaningfully.
What is a parent or community member's role?
The full picture of the Iowa Core Curriculum is one that
includes communities and schools working together to support
this historic endeavor. It galvanizes action to improve
teaching and learning by encouraging educators, parents, and community
members to strive toward a common goal of increasing student
achievement and preparing students for the 21st century.
Grade Spans in the Iowa Core Curriculum
The Iowa Core Curriculum presents the most important concepts
and skills that students should learn in grade spans, such as
K-2. This was done to honor the individual needs of students.
The Iowa Core Curriculum sets high expectations for all
students and respects that students will progress differently through
the grade spans. The person closest to a student in school —
the classroom teacher — is in the best position to
determine the pace and rigor of learning for the student. Grade
spans allow classroom teachers to reinforce and build upon
previously mastered concepts and skills, and provide the most
appropriate learning experiences for students to successfully
progress through grade levels. Local school administrators and
classroom teachers can provide more information about the specific
content and skills taught at each level in their school.
21st Century Skills Details and Examples Added
details and examples for K-12 21st Century
Skills are now included on the Iowa Core Curriculum website. A
full document is also available by using the Download 21st
Century Skills icon at the top of section pages.