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by Denise Green

         South Page and the Iowa Core


The Iowa Core presents the most important concepts and skills that students should learn. The Iowa Core 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. This allows 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. School administrators and classroom teachers can provide information about the specific content and skills taught at each level in their school. Research shows that high expectations are a critical ingredient in improving student performance and ensuring student success beyond high school. The Iowa Core provides a guide to delivering challenging and meaningful content to students that prepares them for success in life.


To meet Iowa Core Guidelines South Page is/have:

  • Sending a Team to Iowa Core State Training Sessions.
  • Utilizing the Iowa Core Website to become familiar with Essential Concepts and Skills within in their discipline area.
  • Aligning Essential Skills and Concepts within lesson plans.
  • Included Iowa Core Studies during Teacher Inservice.
  • Completed Core Self Study
  • Completed and Submitted to the State our Iowa Core Implementation Plan.
  • Updating Iowa Core Implementation Plan on a yearly basis.


The full picture of the Iowa Core is one that includes communities and schools working together. To view the Iowa Core to learn more about its structure and the expectations for our students, please visit the Iowa Department of Education website at http://www.corecurriculum.iowa.gov/



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