The Iowa Department of Education released the 2011 edition of the Annual Condition of Education report.
The report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results and school financial information.
"We strive to provide the most useful data every year and will continue to do so in the years ahead to help move education forward in Iowa," Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass said.
The report includes the most recent data through the 2010-11 school year, unless otherwise noted.
Schools and Teachers
- 507,297: The number of students enrolled in Iowa's public and nonpublic schools. Statewide enrollment has declined by 29 percent since its peak in 1972-73 (711,000); however, projections show a 2.4 percent increase in public school enrollment in the next five years.
- 359: The number of Iowa school districts in 2010-11; there were 361 the year before and 431 in 1990.
- $49,626: The average salary for public school teachers in 2009-10, up from $48,638 the previous school year. Iowa ranks 26th nationally in teacher pay and 7th among Midwestern states.
- 96.4%: Percentage of Iowa school districts that offered preschool in 2010-11, up from 83.4 percent in 2008-09.
- 42: Average age of Iowa's full-time public school teachers.
Students in Public Schools
- 18.5%: Percentage of minority student enrollment, up from 14.9 percent in 2008-09 and 5.5 percent in 1990.
- 39%: Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, up from 27 percent a decade ago.
- 88.8%: Graduation rate for the Class of 2010.
- 39.4%: Percentage of students in Iowa's Class of 2010 who enrolled in high-level math courses, including calculus and trigonometry.
- 22.3: ACT composite score among 61 percent of students in Iowa's Class of 2011 who were tested. The national average was 21.1 out of a possible 36.
- 31%: Percentage of students in Iowa's Class of 2011 who met all four ACT college-ready benchmarks. The benchmarks specify the minimum scores needed to show a student has a 50 percent chance of earning a grade of B or higher, or about a 75 percent chance of earning a C grade or higher.
- 32,726: The number of students enrolled concurrently in high school and community college courses, up from 21,587 in 2006-07.
- 57%: The gap in reading proficiency between Iowa fourth-grade students with and without disabilities on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In eighth-grade, the reading gap was 56 percent.
- 82%: Percentage of total general fund spending in public schools for salaries and benefits.
- $9,455: Iowa's average per-student expenditure in 2009-10. The amount is up from $9,203 the year before.
- 70.8%: Percentage of total general fund spending in Iowa public schools dedicated to student instruction in 2009-10; up from 68.6 percent in 1997-98.