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Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.
Governor:Terry Branstad
Director of Education:Ryan Wise
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:505,311
Number of school districts:355
Number of public schools:1,394
Number of public school teachers:35,684
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,668
Percent minority students:21.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.6%
Percent of English-language learners:5.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:44.3%
8th grade math:37.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.7%
8th grade reading:35.6%

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Schools must adjust to changing demographics by creating diverse learning environments, writes Tammy Wawro, president of the Iowa State Education Association.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Fed up with years of political battles over state funding, cash-strapped Davenport plans to pull $2.7 million from its reserves despite state prohibitions.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
When the district’s chief technology and chief academic officers are one person, bureaucratic delays aren’t an issue.
March 28, 2016 – Education Week
Testing issues and states without NCLB waivers are among the topics discussed in some recent the Education Department guidance on transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week

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