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The Iowa State Board of Education (State Board) works with the Iowa Department of Education (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:

  • Adopting rules for carrying out the responsibilities of the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Establishing standards and procedures as well as reviewing and approving educator preparation programs.
  • Hearing parent and guardian appeals of decisions by local school boards.
  • Adopting content standards applicable to all kindergarten through 12th grade students in accredited Iowa schools.
  • Accrediting school districts and community colleges.
  • Reviewing and approving the budgets of area education agencies and community colleges.
  • Approving or denying charter school applications.
  • Responding to concerns and input from Iowa citizens throughout the year.
  • Advocating on major educational issues to the executive and legislative branches.
  • Analyzing the data outlined in the Annual Condition of Education Report.

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, Priorities/Goals, 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.


Eliminating Early Literacy Achievement Gaps

  • Goal 1:  Students in kindergarten through third grade will meet or exceed reading benchmarks.
  • Goal 2:  Students not meeting grade level benchmarks will have access to differentiated interventions and learning opportunities.
  • Goal 3:  Teachers will have access and training, in preservice and in-service, to early literacy best practices.

Transitioning to New Assessments

  • Goal:  Statewide assessment of student learning in English language arts, math, and science will be aligned to Iowa's academic standards.

Implementing Iowa's Academic Standards

  • Goal:  All school districts and accredited nonpublic schools will implement Iowa's rigorous academic standards to prepare students to be college and career ready.

Improving Teacher and Leader Preparation

  • Goal:  All teacher and leader preparation programs in Iowa will align with comprehensive standards and prepare candidates to meet the high expectations of our teacher and leader workforce.

Increasing Accessibility of Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning, and Community College Credit and Preparing Productive Citizens for Rewarding Careers

  • Goal 1:  Students across Iowa, regardless of geography, will have access to robust Career and Technical Education, work-based learning experiences, and community college credit and credential opportunities through an integrated system.
  • Goal 2:  Students, including adult learners, will be prepared and supported by community colleges to be credentialed, productive citizens, and lifelong learners.

Creating a Safe and Rich Learning Environment

  • Goal:  All Iowa schools will foster a culture and climate in which students feel safe and supported. 

Strategic Plan

State Board of Education Strategic Plan with Action Steps 2017-2018

Policy and Issue Information

The State Board has developed clear and detailed priorities to guide their work. In the strategic plan, short-range goals for the education system in Iowa are developed. Each year the State Board develops their priorities, goals, and action steps 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.  Following is the State Board’s annual brochure on their priorities: 

State Board 2018 Priorities Brochure

State Board Meetings

2018 Meeting Dates

January 25, 2018

March 29, 2018
May 10, 2018
June 14-15, 2018
August 2, 2018
September 13, 2018
November 14, 2018

2017 Meeting Dates and Minutes

January 19, 2017

March 30, 2017

May 11, 2017

June 8-9, 2017

August 3, 2017

August 16, 2017

September 14, 2017

November 15, 2017

Previous Years State Board Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes

Student Member Application

The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 student State Board member position has passed. 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 19, 2018 at 7:10am.