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The Iowa State Board of Education (the State Board) works with the Iowa Department of Education (the Department) to provide oversight, supervision, and support for the state education system that includes all public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges, and teacher preparation programs.

The duties of the State Board include:

  • Establishes policies for the efficient and effective operation of education in Iowa, from early childhood education through community colleges
  • Adopts rules for the enforcement of school laws
  • Strives for higher levels of learning and achievement for all students
  • Adopts long-range plans for the education system
  • Acts as the State Board for Vocational Education and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Recommends changes in school laws to the General Assembly
  • Adopts rules for accrediting public and nonpublic schools
  • Hears appeals of local school board decisions
  • Collaborates with other educational and non-educational bodies and organizations
  • Approves the budgets of the community colleges and the area education agencies
  • Approves educator preparation programs


State Board of Education Members

There are ten members of the Iowa State Board of Education: nine voting members appointed by the governor for six-year terms and subject to Senate confirmation; and one nonvoting student member who serves a one-year term, also appointed by the governor.


Vision, Mission, Goals, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan


Iowa students will become productive citizens in a democratic society, and successful participants in a global community.


Our mission is to champion excellence for all Iowa students through leadership and service.


  • All children will enter school ready to learn.
  • All PK-12 students will achieve at a high level.
  • Individuals will pursue postsecondary education in order to drive economic success.

Guiding Principles

  • All students can learn at a high level.
  • Students respond best to challenging expectations.
  • Safety and respect are essential to student learning.
  • Educators need ongoing support and professional development to improve student achievement.
  • Improving student performance requires a broad constituency of support.
  • A quality education system is essential to a successful democracy, lifelong learning, and a vibrant economy.

Strategic Plan

2012 Strategic Plan


Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes


November 18, 2015
September 17, 2015
August 6, 2015
June 11-12, 2015
May 14, 2015
March 26, 2015

February 11, 2015

January 22, 2015


November 19, 2014

October 30, 2014

September 18, 2014

August 7, 2014

June 12-13, 2014

May 15, 2014

March 31, 2014 (Telephonic Meeting)

March 6, 2014

January 23, 2014

Previous Years State Board Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes


Policy & Issue Information

The State Board has developed clear and detailed priorities to guide their work. In the strategic plan long range goals for the education system in Iowa are developed. Each year at their retreat, the State Board develops a policy development/leadership agenda, identifying priority areas that they will focus on during the coming year. These may be emerging policy issues that the Board wants to study, or they may be policies that the Board wants to advocate for or support in some specific way. These priorities guide the work of the Board. In addition to these policy development priorities, the State Board also develops a legislative agenda each year. Following are the State Board’s Policy Development Priorities and Legislative Advocacy Agenda.

The State Board also addresses policy issues through the use of position statements that outline their position on a particular issue. Their position statement on educational transformation is included below.

2012-2013 Policy Development Priorities

2014 Legislative Advocacy Agenda


Student Member Application

Application materials for the 2016-2017 school year will be available December 2015.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 28, 2015 at 4:31am.