DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director, Ryan Wise, today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on the draft standards. 

The draft represents the first statewide effort to update Iowa’s social studies standards, which were adopted in 2008. Iowa’s academic standards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 83.

“Standards are about setting consistent, rigorous learning goals statewide and leaving decisions about curriculum and teaching to local school administrators and teachers,” Wise said. “If our goal is to make sure Iowa students are ready for college and career training after high school, we must have clear, consistent statewide standards that are right for our state. That’s why public input is such a critical part of this review process.”

The proposed social studies standards were written earlier this year by a team of Iowa educators and leaders. The draft standards are now subject to review by the Social Studies Standards Review Team, which will take into consideration public feedback. The team’s final recommendations are expected to go to the State Board of Education in the spring.

The online survey is available at the following link: 

Iowans also can provide feedback at three public forums, either in person at three different sites across the state or remotely from satellite sites using video conferencing. The public forum sites and details are as follows:


MONDAY, JAN. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meeting location:

Heartland Area Education Agency

6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston

Room 152B


Satellite sites:

Northwest Area Education Agency

1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City

Room 206


Keystone Area Education Agency

2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque

Room 1A


THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meeting location:

Grant Wood Area Education Agency

4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids

Autumn, Sone, and Revere Rooms


Satellite sites:

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas

North & South Twin Lakes Room


Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

729 21st St., Bettendorf

Muscatine and Scott Rooms


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Meeting location:

Green Hills Area Education Agency

24997 Highway 92, Council Bluffs

Halverson Conference Room


Satellite sites:

Great Prairie Area Education Agency

3601 West Ave., Burlington

Room B


AEA 267

909 S. 12th St., Marshalltown

Room B

Stefanie Rosenberg Wager
Social Studies Consultant
21st Century Skills-Civic and Financial Literacy
World Languages
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-725-7842