K-12 Education

Almost one in four Iowa third-graders failed new reading tests, data show

CEDAR RAPIDS — Between 20 and 25 percent of Iowa third-graders last school year failed reading tests required under the state’s readi ... »

Profile: Principal Ralph Plagman stays connected to students

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most days around 11:15 a.m., Ralph Plagman heads to the Washington High School cafeteria.

But Plagman, the school's 35 ... »

Iowa City school administrator chosen for job in Georgia

IOWA CITY — David Dude, a top administrator in the Iowa City Community School District, has been named the sole finalist for the Decatur, Ga ... »

Between the lines: Investigating Iowa's reading and retention law

MARION — Emma Larson is sunk deep into the couch, concentrating.

Student of the month volunteers, stars in pageants

HIAWATHA — Madison Williams is preparing for her close-up.

At a dance studio here, where she has classes twice a week, Madsion is prep ... »

Branstad issues executive order combating school bullying

CEDAR RAPIDS — Gov. Terry Branstad issued an executive order Monday aimed at combating bullying in Iowa schools, one that covers most of the ... »

Mount Vernon dedicates Buddy Bench to memory of 9-year-old twins

MOUNT VERNON — School probably isn’t the usual choice of where students, teachers, parents and administrators would like to be on a S ... »

Iowa City-based Pear Deck creates interactive tools for teachers

IOWA CITY — Education technology company Pear Deck started almost by accident.

The company’s creators were in the process of se ... »

Washington High School staff hold picnic to connect with families

CEDAR RAPIDS — Teachers and school administrators are reaching out to youth and their families.

Tuesday night Washington High School a ... »

New Iowa City school board takes office; president, VP remain same

IOWA CITY – Five new members of the Iowa City Community School District’s board of directors took office Tuesday, and the board re-el ... »

Governor of Girls State stays busy

Linn-Mar High School senior Sruthi Palaniappan has had a busy year.

This summer, Palaniappan, 18, of Cedar Rapids, spent a week at Iowa Gir ... »

School body cameras can address false accusations, officials say

When a Burlington middle-school principal was accused of kicking a student last school year, school officials were able to prove that the accusatio ... »

State education board moves closer to new standardized test

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa Board of Education on Thursday moved one step closer to adopting the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment ... »

Photos: Iowa City volunteers participate in National Ride for Reading

IOWA CITY — Around 20 volunteers biked with bags and boxes of books from the Broadway Neighborhood Center to the Alexander Elementary School ... »

Iowa leads nation in teacher leadership, U.S. education secretary says

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa is “out ahead of the nation” when it comes to improving the teaching profession through a teacher leadersh ... »