The second key question is, "How will we know students have learned it (the Iowa Core for their grade level or course)?" Answering this question takes many tools include the Iowa Assessments and formative assessments or assessment for learning.

Iowa is on track to put in place a new state assessment in the 2017-18 school year that reflects our statewide standards in math and English language arts, provides better information about student academic growth, and fits with a broader goal of preparing all students for success. The Iowa Department of Education has developed new resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, including a timeline for implementation.

The Iowa Department of Education has an excellent set of resources to support implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. These resources can be found at Smarter Balanced Mathematics Content.

Here is some background information on the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The Iowa Core is challenging students to understand subject matter more deeply, think more critically, and apply their learning to the real world. To measure these changes, educators from Smarter Balanced states worked together to develop new, high-quality assessments in English and math for grades 3–8 and high school. Smarter Balanced assessments provide more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning by adapting to each student’s ability, giving teachers and parents better information to help students succeed in school and after.

Here is a video of Rich Stiggins sharing A New Vision of Excellence in Assessment.

Iowa ASCD continues to develop and update a curated, annotated, collection of web resources on assessment, formative assessment, and the formative assessment process