Iowa's PLTW Program History

PLTW Growth

From its early beginnings in up-state New York, Project Lead the Way has swept across the country in just 15 years. PLTW began in Iowa in 2005, with 10 schools implementing programs – seven high schools and three middle schools. In eight short years, Iowa climbed to the 11th largest PLTW affiliate in the country and currently has 196 total schools and has impacted thousands of students in the state!

PLTW Iowa Timeline












Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) will be a new course in the Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program. Content will be piloted during the 2013-14 school year with availability to the network for the 2014-15 school year. If you would like to participate in course development or be part of the pilot, email

Medical Detectives (MD)  The eighth unit for Gateway To Technology will capture student interest in topics associated with PLTW's Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program. The unit is being developed and will be field tested in spring 2013. Core training opportunities will be available in the summer of 2013 in order to implement the unit for the 2013-14 school year. If you would like to provide input or be part of the pilot, email

A plan to create STEM learning experiences for elementary students is also underway!

PLTW for the Future

The PLTW curriculum is available to students by virtue of educating teachers in this hands-on curriculum. The hands-on approach is the single most important element responsible for the great success of PLTW. The U.S. will need scientists and engineers in its effort to compete in a global economy.  Today, PLTW is endorsed by national associations, belongs to educational partnerships, can rely on strong government relationships and employs its own marketing and communications group to produce its educational materials.


Middle School and High School Student Survey
PLTW is committed to delivering a student experience that is engaging, relevant, and challenging, and they want to hear how they're doing. That’s why, starting on Monday, May 8, PLTW is inviting middle school and high school students to provide their feedback – in a formal and measurable way – through a student survey. Students’ survey responses will influence how PLTW continues to create engaging and inspiring learning experiences and deliver them to all students.

Core Training Registration will open on April 3.
Visit the Professional Development page on for information.

myPLTW Store
The myPLTW Store is an easy-to-use online guided experience, allowing users the opportunity to build customized lists of equipment and supplies for PLTW programs, generate detailed quotes, purchase select PLTW products with a credit card or purchase order, view the status of an order, and pay open invoices. Don’t have a myPLTW account? To be added to your organization’s account, please contact your Program Coordinator or the PLTW Solution Center at or 877.335.PLTW.

Rostering Students
If you need assistance to roster students in myPLTW, enroll students in the myPLTW LMS, or administer the End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment, please visit myPLTW Help for detailed instructions.

Software: Downloading, Installing, Troubleshooting
If you need assistance downloading, installing, or troubleshooting software, please visit our Software page.

2015-16 AP + PLTW Student Achievement Results
We’re pleased to announce that more than 1,300 students received the AP + PLTW Student Achievement in its inaugural year. This first-of-its-kind achievement signals that a student is prepared for and interested in college and a career in a critical STEM-related field. Students who earn the achievement have demonstrated success in both academic and applied coursework and have experienced applying advanced content knowledge to address real-world challenges. To earn the recognition, a student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the pathway – one AP course; one PLTW course; and a third course, either AP or PLTW – and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) assessment(s).

Enhancements Coming to the PLTW K-12 CS Pathway
We believe that all students – beginning at a young age – need access to high-quality computer science education. Computer science is rapidly changing, and with that evolution, we are reinforcing our commitment to providing an inspiring and inclusive K-12 computer science experience that empowers students at every age level, appeals to students of diverse backgrounds, and challenges them to solve real-world problems.

REMINDER: myPLTW November Release Now Available
Earlier this month, PLTW rolled out new features and functionality to myPLTW as part of their ongoing efforts to simplify program management and enable you to focus more time on empowering students.

End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment Announcements
The 2016-17 EoC Assessments are now available and will close on June 30, 2017.

Please refer to the 2016-2017 Assessment Administration Manual for all information on how to administer a PLTW EoC.

When rostering students in myPLTW, please ensure the course end date is no later than June 30, 2017.

The Computer Science Application (CSA) EoC is being field tested in 2016-17. Scores for the CSA field test will not be available until summer 2017.

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