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About Iowa

About Iowa

Iowa has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Director of Education. The State Board consists of 9 members appointed to 6-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 9 Members; Appointed; 6-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Director of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Kim Reynolds

  • State Director of Education: McKenzie Snow

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • As of 2020, the Iowa Department of Education reported having 327 public school districts with 490,094 students enrolled. The state has 1,310 school buildings with 37,567 teachers. The graduation rate is 91.6%.

    Iowa’s public school system includes Area Education Agencies, which provide assistance and school improvement services to families in a specific region. There are nine total agencies in the state, which help both private schools and public schools. Iowa’s public education system also has community colleges with a variety of courses available to students of all ages.

    Iowa has 243 private schools with 46,500 students enrolled. About 84% of them are religiously affiliated, the majority being Roman Catholic or Christian. As for homeschooling, Iowa offers a few educational options, such as homeschooling with a certified teacher, private instruction, part-time homeschooling with part-time school district attendance, and attendance at a non-accredited school.



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