Iowa Core and Standards & Benchmarks
The state has launched a new website, IowaCore.gov, to help teachers across the state put the standards into practice in their classrooms and to help increase public understanding of our statewide academic standards.
Please take time to explore the new website, which includes:
- The Iowa Core standards in a format that is searchable by grade level (K-12) and subject (mathematics, science, social studies, English language arts and 21st century skills, such as financial literacy).
- A collection of optional education resources that teachers may use to implement the Iowa Core. More than 8,000 resources are available at no charge in a central, searchable online location called IowaLearns.org, which is accessible through IowaCore.gov. The materials are adaptable to fit the individual needs of local classrooms.
- Parent guides to the Iowa Core that parents and other Iowans can use to understand what the Iowa Core is, what students are expected to know and how parents can help at home. The guides were developed in partnership with the National PTA and Iowa teachers.
IowaCore.gov was developed with state funding from the 2013 legislative session. The website is managed by the Iowa Department of Education, which continues to work to improve and expand the site. The “Contact Us” section of the site includes a form to contribute feedback.
The Iowa Core standards set consistent expectations for learning in schools across the state. The standards are a set of academic goals, not a curriculum, so decisions about how to help students reach the standards remain in the hands of local schools and teachers.
For more information, please visit IowaCore.gov.
The Standards and Benchmarks for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Technology and Writing can be found at http://www.corecurriculum.iowa.gov/
The Fine Arts Alignment to the Iowa Core Universal Constructs can be found at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/content-areas/arts#Fine_Arts_Alignment_with_the_Iowa_Core_Universal_Constructs