Common Core in Iowa:
The Iowa Core

Iowa has delayed the implementation of SBAC tests until the 2016–17 school year and is yet to implement the Common Core in its K–8 curriculum. However, Iowa’s implementation of the Common Core is reaching accredited nonpublic schools which are being required by state mandate to follow the standards.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

Though HB 125 delayed the introduction of SBAC assessments, Iowa is scheduled to begin using the tests in 2016–17.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Iowa received a $8.8 million grant in 2009 and $3.7 million in 2012, both intended to help connect education and workforce data for specific students and merge all data systems into one system that can be easily and efficiently delivered to the Iowa Department of Education.


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool



Common Core Legislation


Iowa passed HB 125 in May 2013, delaying implementation of new Common Core assessments until 2016–17. This legislation allows Iowa to use non–Common Core assessments until further review is made.

Status
Passed

HF 2140 would have made the Iowa Core voluntary and limited the ability of the state board of education to change education standards. This bill was killed in subcommittee. SF 2123 and HF 2204 would have reinstated pre–Common Core standards in Iowa. These bills did not meet the deadline and died in subcommittee.

Status
Failed


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Iowa

None at this time


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Updated: 5/26/2014