You may have noticed a new link in the "related links" section on this blog within the past month: the Iowa Core Implementation Plan. If you are unfamiliar with this plan, read on for a brief, and hopefully helpful, explanation that will answer the big questions that may be floating around in your head.
The Iowa Department of Education mandates an annual update of the Iowa Core Implementation Plan for each district to ensure that the Iowa Core's six outcomes are fully implemented in grades 9-12 by July 1, 2012, and in grades K-8 by the 2014-2015 school year.
To meet this mandate, the District Leadership team completes an annual self-study, evaluating the district's implementation progress and developing action plans to outline additional improvements in the six outcomes. District administrators then work to finalize the implementation plan and work on implementing the action plans into district practices, such as designing professional development, communicating with the public, and improving district curriculum.
Many of the links on this blog are included because of the past years' implementation plans. Please refer to the Community, Parent and Teacher Pamphlets for more information on what the Iowa Core means to these stakeholders.
If you have any further questions about the Iowa Core, please contact a DLT member, or visit the Iowa Core page on the Department of Education's website.