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Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest 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.

“Data such as those included in the Annual Condition of Education report help us understand where we are as an education system, what works well, and where improvements are needed,” Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck said. “This is one resource that will help us work together to provide all students the best education possible.”

The report also includes two unique sections:

  • An evaluation of the impact of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program on the third-grade assessment results of students who participated in the preschool program during the 2008-09 school year.
  • A study that examines the relationship between student achievement and teacher retention in Iowa schools.

The report contains the most recent data through the 2012-13 school year, unless otherwise noted.

Highlights include:

Students in Public Schools

  • 20.2%: Percentage of minority student enrollment, up from 14.9 percent in 2008-09 and 5.5 percent in 1990.
  • 41.0%: Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, up from 27 percent twelve years ago.
  • 89.3%: Four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2012.
  • 40.2%: Percentage of students in the Class of 2013 who enrolled in high-level mathematics courses, including calculus and trigonometry (up slightly from the year before).
  • 66.4%: Percentage of students in the Class of 2013 who reported taking chemistry; 26.6 percent enrolled in physics.
  • 22.1: ACT composite score among 66 percent of students in Iowa’s Class of 2013 who were tested. The national average was 20.9 out of a possible 36.
  • 36,026: The number of students enrolled concurrently in high school and community college courses, up from 21,587 in 2006-07.
  • 73,834: The number of concurrent enrollment courses taken in the 2012-13 school year.  

Technology Readiness

  • Iowa districts spent $174.40 per student for hardware and software during the 2011-12 school year, up from $86.20 per student in 2000-01.  
  • Iowa schools have a need for high-speed bandwidth for digital learning.  
  • Most Iowa high schools (67.3 percent) are equipped with 50 MB or less of bandwidth.  This compares to 54.7 percent of middle schools and 51.5 percent of elementary schools.  

Schools and Teachers

  • 348: The number of Iowa school districts in the 2012-13 school year; there were 351 the year before and 431 in 1990. There are 346 school districts in the 2013-14 school year.  
  • 34,226: The number of full-time public school teachers, up slightly from 33,610 in 2000-01.
  • $50,914: The average salary for public school teachers in 2012-13, up from $50,218 the previous school year.
  • 26th: Iowa’s national ranking in teacher pay. Iowa ranks 7th among Midwestern states.
  • 41.5: Average age of Iowa’s full-time public school teachers.

School Finance

  • 80.8%: Percentage of total general fund spending in public schools for salaries and benefits.
  • $9,435: Iowa’s average per-student expenditure in 2011-12. The amount is about the same as the year before ($9,425).
  • 70.8%: Percentage of total general fund spending in Iowa public schools dedicated to student instruction in 2011-12. This is an increase from 69.0 percent in 2000-01.

Full Report:

The Annual Condition of Education Report: 2013

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 20, 2014 at 11:08am.