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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 and 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.

Priorities and Goals

The State Board has developed clear and detailed priorities to guide their work.  Each year the State Board develops their priorities and goals 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. 

Ensuring Equity in Education

  • Goal:  All preservice programs will ensure preservice educators are prepared to teach in inclusive and diverse PK-12 classrooms and community colleges.
  • Goal:  All school districts and community colleges will ensure continuing education for in-service PK-12 educators, college faculty, and administrators to achieve equitable outcomes.
  • Goal:  All school districts and community colleges will attract, recruit, retain, and promote educators who represent the student population they serve.
  • Goal:  All school districts will develop partnerships with underserved students and families to drive policies, practices, and resources that are equitable to close educational gaps and prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

Eliminating Achievement and Opportunity Gaps

  • Goal:  All learners will have access to quality early childhood education.
  • Goal:  All learners will meet or exceed literacy and math benchmarks.
  • Goal:  All learners will have access to personalized, student-centered learning opportunities that include differentiated interventions and learning opportunities.
  • Goal: All teachers will have access and training, in preservice and in-service, to best practices in early literacy instruction, and cultural competency.

Improving Teacher and Leader Preparation 

  • Goal:  All teacher and leader preparation programs in Iowa will be aligned to comprehensive standards and prepare candidates to meet the high expectations of our teacher and leader workforce.
  • Goal:  All teacher and leader preparation programs in Iowa will develop the competencies candidates need to be culturally responsive to Iowa’s increasingly diverse student population.
  • Goal:  All educators in Iowa will be prepared to provide effective instruction through both in-person and distance learning formats.

Preparing Learners for Tomorrow’s Workforce

  • Goal:  All learners will have robust individualized career exploration and planning experiences that enhance career awareness, aspirations, and planning.
  • Goal:  All learners will have consistent and equitable access to globally competitive career and technical education, work-based learning, and concurrent enrollment opportunities through an efficient, integrated system.
  • Goal:  All learners will be supported by clear guided educational pathways to further education or employment with stackable credentials and targeted support services provided by community colleges.
  • Goal:  All learners will successfully navigate career pathways developed through business-driven sector partnerships and obtain the skills and quality postsecondary credentials necessary for a rewarding career that meets current and future business needs.  

Creating a Safe, Healthy, and Welcoming Learning Environment 

  • Goal:  All Iowa schools will work with their learners to foster a culture and climate in which they feel safe and supported, and bullying and harassment do not exist.  
  • Goal:  All learners will have access to mental health services and supports in their schools and communities.
  • Goal:  All schools will create environments that develop social, emotional, and behavioral health. 
  • Goal:  All schools will develop physical health for students through structured school programs (e.g., food and nutrition, physical education, wellness programs, etc.)

Strategic Plan

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

State Board Meetings

2021 Meeting Dates

January 28, 2021

March 25, 2021
May 6, 2021
June 10-11, 2021
August 5, 2021
September 16, 2021
November 17, 2021

2020 Meeting Dates

January 23, 2020

February 20, 2020

March 26, 2020

May 7, 2020

June 11, 2020

August 5, 2020

August 24, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 25, 2020

October 1, 2020

November 18, 2020

2019 Meeting Dates

January 16, 2019

March 28, 2019

May 9, 2019

June 12-13, 2019

August 1, 2019

September 12, 2019

November 20, 2019

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 has passed.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 26, 2021 at 3:34am.