Iowa Core Curriculum Aspects

Iowa Core

The Iowa core provides academic expectations for all K-12 students.

The teachers take learning to a deeper level by focusing on a well-researched set of standards in academics (literacy, math, skills in science, social studies, and 21st century learning.

What does it offer?

It ensures that all the students in Iowa have access to challenging and meaningful curriculum that prepares them for success in college and the global economy.


Curriculum: can be divided into 3 categories.

  • intended: what Core is planning to teach
  • enacted: what the teachers delivers in the classroom
  • assessed: content that's assessed to determine achievement.

How the content works together and how it works as a whole.

Characteristics of Effective Instruction

Student-Centered Classrooms: students construct their own knowledge based on experiential, holistic, authentic, and challenging experiences.

Teaching for Understanding: leads students to engage in more activities to think more differently.

Assessment FOR Learning: Provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of the core content.

Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum: Requires students to use knowledge to solve real-world problems and to create works to use in real world situations.

Teaching for Learner Differences: Teacher teaches students to reinforce the desired concepts and skills, to meet the needs of individual students.