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Department of Education say literacy scores dropped this fall for K-3rd

The virus is spreading and the Iowa Department of Education is allowing more school districts to go 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} online. But the state still prefers in-person teaching. Most schools in Iowa have in-class learning at least 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the time. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said schools are not a major source of COVID-19 transmission. The director of the Iowa Department of Education said reading proficiency tests done in Iowa earlier this year show younger students who learn online-only score lower than they did last year. “This fall we saw literacy screening drop in scores in grades K through three,” said Dr. Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “Decreases range from 5{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} for kindergarten to 21{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} for first grade. But we have the time and capacity to intervene now to ensure our students don’t fall farther behind.”Reynolds said she’ll begin a series of meetings this month with parents of school age students from around the state. The governor said she hopes to use what she learns from these meetings to make changes to Iowa’s educational system in the future.

The virus is spreading and the Iowa Department of Education is allowing more school districts to go 100{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} online. But the state still prefers in-person teaching.

Most schools in Iowa have in-class learning at least 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the time. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said schools are not a major source of COVID-19 transmission.

The director of the Iowa Department of Education said reading proficiency tests done in Iowa earlier this year show younger students who learn online-only score lower than they did last year.

“This fall we saw literacy screening drop in scores in grades K through three,” said Dr. Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “Decreases range from 5{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} for kindergarten to 21{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} for first grade. But we have the time and capacity to intervene now to ensure our students don’t fall farther behind.”

Reynolds said she’ll begin a series of meetings this month with parents of school age students from around the state. The governor said she hopes to use what she learns from these meetings to make changes to Iowa’s educational system in the future.