Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on the draft standards.
The draft represents the first statewide effort to update Iowa’s social studies standards, which were adopted in 2008. Iowa’s academic standards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 83.
“Standards are about setting consistent, rigorous learning goals statewide and leaving decisions about curriculum and teaching to local school administrators and teachers,” Wise said. “If our goal is to make sure Iowa students are ready for college and career training after high school, we must have clear, consistent statewide standards that are right for our state. That’s why public input is such a critical part of this review process.”
The proposed social studies standards were written earlier this year by a team of Iowa educators and leaders. The draft standards are now subject to review by the Social Studies Standards Review Team, which will take into consideration public feedback. The team’s final recommendations are expected to go to the State Board of Education in the spring.
Iowans can take the online survey or provide feedback at three public forums, either in person at three different sites across the state or remotely from satellite sites using video conferencing. The public forum sites and details are as follows:
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Heartland Area Education Agency
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston
Northwest Area Education Agency
1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City
Keystone Area Education Agency
2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Grant Wood Area Education Agency
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids
Autumn, Sone, and Revere Rooms
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas
North & South Twin Lakes Room
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
729 21st St., Bettendorf
Muscatine and Scott Rooms
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Green Hills Area Education Agency
24997 Highway 92, Council Bluffs
Halverson Conference Room
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
3601 West Ave., Burlington
909 S. 12th St., Marshalltown