Iowa Core Curriculum
Change is inevitable, growth is optional.
I know all of us have heard this statement before. What it implies is that no matter how much we want to fight it, change WILL happen. The key to change is how we react. Some embrace change, some tolerate it, some fight it. Essentially we can choose to see it as opportunity for growth and improvement or we can choose to do things the same way we have been while expecting different results. Well, education in Iowa, as mandated by the legislature, is about to make an important, real change, and therefore Central Lyon will be making a change as well. This change is called the Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC). In this case, growth is NOT optional, it is expected, and even demanded.
The Iowa Core Curriculum is based on research by the Iowa Association of School Boards Foundation of the five states in the nation (Delaware, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, and Minnesota) which have demonstrated the largest amount of growth in test scores and other student growth. The Foundation also performed an analysis of the standards and curriculum alignment of these states. It was discovered that these states have improved so dramatically because they aligned their curriculum to be more rigorous and stresses that instruction go beyond the first levels of learning which are understanding and application. In a brief description, The Iowa Core Curriculum demands that instruction go beyond understanding and application to analyzing the knowledge, evaluation of information, and even the creation of new solutions. The intent is to create higher level thinking on all topics rather than just reciting back the facts learned. The ICC stresses the higher order thinking skills for all subjects, but reading math, and science will be the first to be examined and aligned. Again, this is not just the next fad, this is the new expectation for the direction of education as directed by the Iowa Legislature. We will be working diligently to meet these new expectations.