Iowa: College and Career Policies

Teachers are evaluated using a system developed on the local level. The annual teacher evaluation system must be aligned to and support the established criteria for the Iowa Teaching Standards. LEAs and AEAs must to determine what policies, procedures and processes are needed to support the Iowa Teaching Standards and Criteria. A teacher evaluation system should be built around a range of sources of data, information, and processes that will demonstrate the teacher's mastery of the Iowa Teaching Standards.

State Assessments: Iowa uses the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 as our annual statewide assessment. The following Iowa Testing Programs subtests were originally used by districts for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading Comprehension for Reading (now Reading – given in 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Mathematics (now called Math – 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Analysis of Science Materials for Science (now just called Science)
Beginning in 2011-12, Iowa will use the following Iowa Assessments for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematics (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Science

The State Board has the authority to create standards. Iowa code of 2014 Title VII, Subtitle 1, Chapter 256, subchapter 7, Part 21

The Iowa State Board has the authority to adopt assessments.

Iowa is a participating member of SBAC, and has required individual district testing

Iowa adopted Iowa Core in English Language Arts in 2011.

Iowa requires 4 credits of English Language Arts to graduate, but the curriculum encompasses 6 credits.

Iowa adopted new Mathematics standards in 2010. Iowa Core Mathematics includes recommendations for curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as standards for mathematical content and mathematical practices.

Iowa requires 21 additional credits for graduation in Health, Physical Education, Fine Arts, Vocational Education and Foreign Language.

Iowa has 21st century skills as a content area for their academic standards. 21st Century Skills include Civic Literacy, Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Technology Literacy.21st Century Skills include Civic Literacy, Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Technology Literacy.

Iowa requires 3 units of math to graduate through 6 units of math are a part of the high school curriculum.

Iowa has standards in 5 different content areas which include literacy, math, science, social studies, and 21st century skills. 21st Century Skills include Civic Literacy, Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Technology Literacy.

[Iowa Code 267.7(28)]

Iowa requires 3 units of science for graduation, though the high school curriculum includes 5 units.

Iowa has standards in 5 different content areas which include literacy, math, science, social studies, and 21st century skills. 21st Century Skills include Civic Literacy, Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Technology Literacy.

[Iowa Code 256.7(26)(a)(3)]

Iowa requires 3 units of social studies to graduate though the high school curriculum includes 5 units of social studies.

Districts in Iowa are required to have a professional development program that includes components of instruction, evaluation, and meets the needs of individual educators.

In order to become a teacher in Iowa, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, and pass a content examination.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Professional development is required for teachers in order to renew a certificate.

In order to renew an administrative license, applicants must have completed the evaluator endorsement requirements.

Preparation programs must meet standards before being approved.

The State Board of Education is required to adopt standards and assessments to evaluate educators. Local boards of education and bargaining units may alter the standards and evaluations as determined to be reasonable. The legislature may delegate responsibilities to the State Board of Education in accordance to the powers and duties of the State Board.

The Iowa State Board of Education approves teacher preparation programs.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners oversees the Iowa teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

State Assessments: Iowa uses the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 as our annual statewide assessment. The following Iowa Testing Programs subtests were originally used by districts for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading Comprehension for Reading (now Reading – given in 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Mathematics (now called Math – 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Analysis of Science Materials for Science (now just called Science)
Beginning in 2011-12, Iowa will use the following Iowa Assessments for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematics (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Science