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Iowa Education

A Profile on Iowa Education and Schools


Iowa Education

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Director of Education :

Dr. Brad Buck

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days is required by Iowa state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 351 public school districts in Iowa.

Number of Public Schools: There are 1452 public schools in Iowa. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 495,870 public school students in Iowa. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 34,658 public school teachers in Iowa.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 7 charter schools in Iowa.

Per Pupil Spending: Iowa spends $9,872 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Iowa is 14.3 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 66.3% of schools in Iowa are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.7% of students in Iowa are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 4.5% of students in Iowa are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 40.0% of student in Iowa schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 80.6%

Black: 5.1%

Hispanic: 8.9%

Asian: 2.0%

Pacific Islander: 0.1%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.4%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 87.9% of all students entering high school in Iowa graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 197 students per 1000 in Iowa had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 285 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Iowa. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 269 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Iowa. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 66.6% of students in Iowa go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 247 private schools in Iowa.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 46,487 private school students in Iowa.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Iowa was $41,970.00 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of Iowa negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Iowa provided by the Des Moines Public Schools District


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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