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The Why



Establishing the Why:

Standard-Based Education gives school districts the opportunity to ensure every student has the skills and disposition to be College, Career, and Life Ready.

  • Consistency of intended learning outcomes within a building/ district

  • Leveling the playing field/ same expectations for all students

  • Meet College, Career, and Life Ready skills to be successful post-secondary

College, Career, and Life Readiness


Definition of College & Career Readiness in Iowa (PDF)...

Iowa students who are college and career ready have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to be successful in postsecondary opportunities as demonstrated through multiple sources of evidence, including those generated by students. Iowa students who are college and career ready have successfully…


Do you believe that all students can learn at high levels of proficiency?


Assessment practices in the classroom should reflect what a student has learned, but what if it doesn’t? 


Are you grading on what a student knows or compliance?


Professional Learning Activities

Habits of Mind: Teacher’s Companion

College & Career Readiness in Iowa

  • Look at each criterion and reflect...
    • What does this look like to you? 

    • Think about what students need to know and do to meet those goals. How do you support each pillar (activities, classroom routines, etc.)