In order to ensure our current K-12 students are scientifically literate, global citizens who are prepared for college and career success, Iowa adopted new science standards that reflect what students in grades K- 12 should know and be able to do as a result of instruction. Recognizing science is not just a body of knowledge that reflects current understanding of the world; it is also a set of practices used to establish, extend, and refine that knowledge. Iowa’s Science Standards are written as three-dimensional performance expectations. All three dimensions – science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts – are included in each Iowa Science Standard. 

See the Iowa Science Standards implementation plan.

See the Iowa Science Standards fact sheet.

See the Iowa Science Standards FAQ.