"The Iowa Core is the name of our statewide academic standards that describe what students should know and be able to do in math, science, English language arts and social studies. The Iowa Core also addresses 21st century skills in areas such as financial and technology literacy. Our goal is giving Iowa students a world-class education so they are well-informed citizens and well prepared to pursue careers in a global, knowledge-based economy.
"The Iowa Core includes the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math, which most states have voluntarily adopted. The Common Core State Standards build on the best academic standards states have developed and the academic standards of top-performing school systems around the globe. The Common Core grew out of a desire to make sure teachers and parents share high academic expectations for children so they can succeed.
"The Iowa Core is not perfect. We want to continually improve the standards and look to Iowa education stakeholders to help us make the Iowa Core the right fit for Iowa." --from the Iowa DED website.