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Basic Educational Data Survey (BEDS)

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The Iowa Basic Educational Data Survey (BEDS) is the collection tool the Department uses to collect staff and non-student level information. Data are collected from Public Districts, Non-Public Schools and Area Education Agencies (AEAs). Data from the BEDS are used to meet state and federal reporting requirements, respond to legislative requests for information, and support education research.

Important BEDS Dates

August 31: Deadline for requesting conditional License from BOEE without penalty
Early September: Fall BEDS Opens
September 1: Fall BEDS Staff Opens
October 15: Fall BEDS Deadline
October 16: Fall BEDS Staff Deadline
October 16: Operational Sharing Opens
October 31: Operational Sharing Deadline


Fall BEDS collects information regarding professional development and class size for public school districts and other information from nonpublic schools.

Fall BEDS Staff

The Fall BEDS Staff collects information from all accredited K-12 public and non-public schools and AEAs.

Spring BEDS

Spring BEDS collects address information for the coming year, early childhood program information, teacher and principal evaluation data, school minutes, graduation requirements, Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) dollars spent by the district, and course data and student enrollment from the accredited non-public schools.

2015 Statewide Data Conference Documents

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 22, 2018 at 9:03am.