The vision for the Iowa Core is to ensure the success of each and every student by providing a world-class curriculum. The Iowa Core is designed to improve student achievement of all students, preparing them for the world of work and lifelong learning. It identifies the essential content and instruction that all students must experience.

School districts that implement the Iowa Core with integrity increase the likelihood that all students become lifelong learners, productive adults and engaged citizens. The improvement efforts are designed to yield positive results by enabling schools to prepare students to graduate with the 21st century skills and competencies needed to be successful in post-high school endeavors and the world of work. The website is

The technical assistance efforts supported by the Iowa Core Department of Education Team, the Advisory Team and the Iowa Core Area Education Agency (AEA) Network are designed to provide Iowa educators with the tools to ensure that essential subject matter is being taught and essential knowledge and skills are being learned. As a part of the technical assistance efforts, Northwest AEA has established a team comprised of members from various content areas.

Northwest AEA Iowa Core Sessions

Northwest AEA will not be holding Iowa Core Leadership Team sessions this year.  The instructional coach for each school will assist in implementation at the school level.  We also strongly encourage attendance at the Iowa Core Investigations and Deeper Investigations sessions. These sessions will allow teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the Iowa Core in Literacy and Math.

Click here to see the proposed time frame for the Iowa Core.

Math Dates for 2014-15 and Registration

English Language Arts and Literacy Dates for 2014-15 and Registration

C Plan Review Protocol


Jody Still Herbold
Iowa Core/School Improvement Process
800.352.9040 Ext. 6213 or 712-222-6213

Katy Evenson
Administrator for Educational Services and Media
800.352.9040 Ext. 6019