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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 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, 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

Policy and 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.  Following are the State Board’s Policy Development Priorities and annual brochure on the priorities:

State Board of Education Policy Development Priorities 2017-2018

State Board 2017 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

Each year the Governor appoints a student to serve as a nonvoting member of the State Board of Education.  The term of the student member starts May 1, 2018, and ends April 30, 2019.  The State Board meets at least seven times during that term, with most meetings taking place in the Grimes State Office Building in Des Moines.  The deadline for submitting an application with all required documents is February 1, 2018. 

Besides being a full-time, regularly enrolled 10th or 11th grade student in a public high school, the student must meet these requirements:

  • Has a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) or 3.75 (5.0 scale).
  • Has attended his/her present high school at least the past two consecutive semesters (or the equivalent thereof).
  • Demonstrates participation in extracurricular and community activities, as well as an interest in serving on the board.

The number of applicants in a year from any one district is limited as follows:

  • If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is less than 400 students, there may be no more than one applicant from the district.
  • If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is from 400 to 1,199 students, there may be no more than two applicants from the district.
  • If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is 1,200 students or more, there may be no more than three applicants from the district.

The application packet is available here.  

For more information, contact Jody Crane at or 515-281-5296.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 16, 2017 at 10:35pm.