This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
|What is the compulsory school age?||Age 6 by September 15
*Children enrolled in preschool programs (4 years old on or before September 15) are considered to be of compulsory school attendance age.
|Iowa Code Ann. § 299.1A|
|What is the state's kindergarten entrance age?||Age 5 by September 15||Iowa Code Ann. § 282.3|
|What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance?||Opt-out: Age 5-6, local boards may exclude children who are not sufficiently mature or are physically or mentally unable to attend school.
Opt-out: Age 5-6, any child who demonstrates sufficient ability may enter grade 1 by December 31.
|Iowa Code Ann. § 282.3|
|Does the state require children to attend kindergarten?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts?||Yes — Half-Day||Iowa Code Ann. § 280.3|
|How many hours are required for grades K-3?||1,080 hours per year in grades 1-12 (~6.5 hours/day or 30 hours/week).||I.C.A. § 279.10;
I.C.A. § 256.7
|What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3?||Districts are instructed to expend funds to reduce class sizes to the state goal of 1:17 for grades K-3.||Iowa Code Ann. § 256D.2A|
|What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading?||Teacher preparation: Each teacher candidate is required to demonstrate competency in literacy, the ability to integrate reading strategies, and demonstrate knowledge of the acquisition of literacy.
Professional Development: Subject to available funds, each school district shall provide professional development for teachers responding to students' reading issues and needs.
|Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-79.15(256);
Iowa Code Ann. § 279.68
|What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math?||Teacher Preparation: Each teacher candidate must demonstrate the acquisition of core knowledge that includes mathematics.||Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-79.15(256);
Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-83.6(284)
|Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|School Readiness and Transitions|
|Are kindergarten entrance assessments required?||Districts must administer a valid and reliable universal screening instrument to every kindergarten student enrolled in the district.||Iowa Code Ann. § 279.60|
|What are states required to do with the results of the KEA?||Assessment information must be entered into the statewide longitudinal data system.||Iowa Code Ann. § 279.60|
|Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Assessment, Intervention and Retention|
|Are assessments required in grades K-3?||Districts must assess K-3 students at the beginning of each school year in reading or reading readiness.||Iowa Code Ann. § 279.68|
|What do the results of K-3 assessments inform?||Results of the K-3 assessments are used to determine intensive reading instruction needs.||Iowa Code Ann. § 279.68|
|Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3?||School districts must provide intensive reading instruction to students who are not reading proficiently. Dependent on funding, interventions include small group instruction, reduced teacher-student ratios, more frequent progress monitoring, tutoring or mentoring, extended school time and summer reading programs.||Iowa Code Ann. § 279.68|
|Is there a third grade retention policy?||The state board of education is required to adopt standards that reasonably expect a student's reading progress is sufficient to master fourth grade reading skills prior to promotion to fourth grade.||Iowa Code Ann. § 256.7 (31.a)|
|For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute?||Kindergarten programs must be designed to include experiences that develop healthy emotional and social habits.||Iowa Code Ann. § 256.11 (West)|