Educational Services Newsletter

May 2015

MAP Data

MAP results are available - Please take time in your grade level/ subject level to analyze the data to find gaps in student learning. The Instructional Coaches and Mr. Teno are available to help you look at your reports.

MAP assessment information is also available on the school website.

SIAC Committee

The School Improvement Advisory Committee met on April 27, 2015 to review Iowa Assessment data and develop the year end report to be presented to the school board in May. The SIAC agendas and minutes are posted on the school website.

Highlights from April DLC Meeting

The District Leadership Council reviewed the purpose of the committee:


  • Expectations of what we’re teaching, how standards are organized and taught
  • Literacy (how to incorporate in ALL subject areas)
  • 21st Century Skills (how to incorporate in ALL subject areas)
  • Curricular Mapping / Unit Writing

  • Common strategies (sharing & modeling)
  • Residue of PD strategies
  • Data guided modeling
  • Teaching together
  • Pacing guides


  • Review data and alignment
  • Teach & access conceptually

New Science Standards

Members of Iowa’s Science Standards Review Team last month recommended adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards with modifications as Iowa’s new science standards.

The Next Generation Science Standards is the name of science standards developed by 26 states, including Iowa, that all states can consider adopting and adapting to meet their needs. Academic standards represent consistent expectations for what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Science Standards Review Team’s recommendation was based on the expertise of members and feedback from Iowans gathered through public forums and a statewide survey.

Team members said the Next Generation Science Standards represent an improvement from Iowa’s current science standards for a number of reasons. They reflect more modern practices in science, were developed by experts in a process led by states including Iowa, and include engineering practice - which is important as Iowa grows its commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Iowa Core Resource Tools

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