Iowa



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Iowa state board of education consists of nine members, each serving a six-year term. The Board members are appointed by the governor.

The state board has authority over:

  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Jointly Authorizes Charter Schools

Governor

Terry E. Branstad

Chief State School Officer

Ryan Wise

Appointed by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 40.2%

English Language Learners: 4.6%

Served by IDEA: 12.9%

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 2002

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 3

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 322

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Iowa intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Iowa’s ESSA approach.