The Iowa Department of Education has announced a series of February public forums and a statewide survey following a state panel’s recommendation to get public feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards. These are a set of learning expectations in science for students in kindergarten through high school. The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by 26 states, including Iowa. All states can consider adopting and adapting them to meet their needs.

Public feedback will be used to provide guidance to the Science Standards Review Team, which is expected to submit a final recommendation regarding science standards to the State Board of Education later this year.

The survey, which is open through February 27, can be found at the following link:

The public forums are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 11: Waukee

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Waukee Community Schools District Office – Board Room

560 Southeast University Ave.

Waukee, IA

Tuesday, Feb. 24, Ottumwa

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.              

Great Prairie Area Education Agency, Ottumwa Office – Auditorium

 2814 North Court Street

Ottumwa, IA

Wednesday, Feb. 25, Dubuque

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.              

Keystone Area Education Agency, Dubuque Office – Room 1 ABC

2310 Chaney Road

Dubuque, IA

Thursday, Feb. 26, Sioux City

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.              

Northwest Area Education Agency, Administrative Office – Room A/Auditorium

1520 Morningside Ave.

Sioux City, IA

The Next Generation Science Standards can be found at

For more information, please visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website at