I’m writing to encourage you to provide feedback this spring on the state’s literacy standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Iowa Department of Education has announced two public forums on April 25-26 and a statewide survey to gather feedback from Iowans on the current literacy standards, which outline learning expectations for English-language arts and for literacy in history, social studies, science, and other technical subjects.
This public input process is part of a review of the literacy standards that was prompted by the Governor’s Executive Order 83.
Iowans have until May 13 to take the statewide survey, which is available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGHQWCL
Iowans also can provide feedback at two public forums, either in person at two central Iowa locations, or remotely from satellite centers. The public forum sites and details are as follows:
Monday, April 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Valley High School Media Center
3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (three locations)
$1- 729 21st St., Bettendorf
$1- 2001 Manufacturing Ct., Clinton
$1- 1422 Houser St., Muscatine
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
2814 N Court St., Ottumwa
Keystone Area Education Agency
1400 2nd St. NW, Elkader
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids
Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City
Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Grinnell Senior High School
1333 Sunset St., Grinnell
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
500 NE 6th St., Pocahontas
Green Hills Area Education Agency
24997 Highway 92, Council Bluffs
Area Education Agency 267
3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls
Responses gathered from the public forums and survey will be used to provide guidance to the Literacy Standards Review Team, which convened in February to study the state’s literacy standards and make recommendations for improvement. The team will submit a final recommendation to the State Board of Education later this year.
To read Iowa’s academic standards, visit www.iowacore.gov.
For more information on the Literacy Standards Review Team, visit https://www.educateiowa.gov/literacy-standards-review-team.