The Cornerstone – November/December 2017


Coming Soon! Changes to Professional Development System

COMING SOON! In the near future GPAEA will begin using the new statewide professional development registration system called Performance Matters. This will require our current system, My Learning Plan, to be shut down for a short period of time while we transition to Performance Matters. There may be a limited number of courses in our registration system until the transition occurs. We also want you to be aware that the new system will only accept Purchase Orders and Credit/Debit Cards. Stay tuned for future updates.

Please contact Michelle Dickey  if you have questions.

Nominations Open for 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year

DE_logoThe deadline to nominate the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 27. The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations. Nomination forms can be found on the following web-page: IATOY 2019 -Nomination Form.

Please contact for additional information.

National report shows Iowa is No. 1 in graduation rates again

DE_logoDES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today released the following statement in response to a new National Center for Education Statistics report showing Iowa again leads the country in high school graduation rates:

“We’re proud that Iowa continues to be the national leader in high school graduation rates,” Wise said. “At the same time, we have work to do to ensure all students are prepared to succeed beyond high school. This work supports the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of Iowans having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025 to ensure the workforce is equipped with the skills and education employers need.”

In Iowa, 91.3 percent of students in the Class of 2016 completed high school within four years. The state’s graduation rate has climbed 3 percentage points over a six-year period.

The NCES report shows that the nationwide graduation rate is at an all-time high of 84.1 percent. The only other state with a graduation rate higher than 90 percent was New Jersey, at 90.1 percent.