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Iowa Science Standards


After a comprehensive process including the reviewing of standards, gathering public feedback and addressing concerns, the Iowa Science Standards were adopted on Aug. 6, 2015 by the Iowa State Board of Education. These new standards are exciting as we can expect to see in Iowa classrooms more: authentic learning opportunities, coherent progressions, deeper understandings, integration with STEM curriculum and the Iowa Core standards and college, career and citizenship readiness.

 Science Standards letter

Read the letter announcing the Standards. View the video announcing the Standards.


The implementation timeline for the new standards will be multi-year:

  • 2015-16: Exploration, Awareness and Statewide Capacity Building
  • 2016-17: Classroom Transitions,  Shifts and Practices
  • 2017-18: Leveraging Materials, Resources and Expertise
  • 2018-19: Full K-12 Implementation* (at least one middle school grade)
    • *Because of the unique nature of the assigned middle school/junior high grade level standards, the implementation process must include at least one grade by 2018-19; a second grade level must be included by 2019-20, etc.

Learning Opportunities

In order to support the implementation of the new Iowa Science Standards, the science learning community of Iowa will partner together to offer several professional development opportunities over the next three years.

Iowa Science Standards Module 2: Throughout the 2016-17 school year, AEA science consultants will be providing Module 2 workshops throughout the Heartland AEA service area.
Iowa Science Standards Summer Institute: The Iowa Department of Education held a summer institute for teachers in June 2016. National experts in science lead elementary, middle and high school teachers through the standards. The goal was to give educators tools they need to implement the innovations in their practice.
AEA Professional Development: Beginning in Jan. 2016, Iowa Science Standards Professional Development Module 1 introduced participants to the new Iowa Science Standards, their conceptual shifts and three-dimensional nature, as well as provided participants and districts an opportunity to have conversations as the state moves toward implementation.
Iowa Science Standards Kick-off: In Oct. 2015, the University of Iowa and Grand View University hosted a day of learning with national experts on the new science standards. The day oriented leaders to the new standards and prepared them to support classroom implementation. You can access videos and PowerPoints from Teresa Eliopoulos, Okhee Lee and Christopher Harris from the Kick-off event. To access the PowerPoints, select the presenter and scroll to "download attachments."

Iowa Science Standards Overview For Principals

image of An Overview for Principals of Iowa Science Standards
Introduces principals to the Iowa Science Standards and provides a general overview of the key instructional and conceptual shifts required.


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