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Governor:Terry Branstad
Director of Education:Jason Glass
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:495,775
Number of school districts:359
Number of public schools:1,436
Number of public school teachers:34,642
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,748
Percent minority students:18.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:4.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.7%
8th grade math:35.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.0%
8th grade reading:36.7%

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