Condition of Education Report
The Iowa Department of Education released the 2012 edition of the Annual Condition of Education report.
The report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results and school financial information. Below are few of the highlighs fro the report
Students in Public Schools
- 19.3%: Percentage of minority student enrollment, up from 14.9 percent in 2008-09 and 5.5 percent in 1990.
- 40.1%: Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, up from 27 percent a decade ago.
- 88.3%: Four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2011.
- 39.4%: Percentage of students in the Class of 2012 who enrolled in high-level mathematics courses, including calculus and trigonometry.
- 65.9%: Percentage of students in the Class of 2012 who reported taking chemistry; 26.9 percent enrolled in physics.
- 22.1: ACT composite score among 63 percent of students in Iowa's Class of 2012 who were tested. The national average was 21.1 out of a possible 36.
- 34,513: The number of students enrolled concurrently in high school and community college courses, up from 21,587 in 2006-07.
Schools and Teachers
- 351: The number of Iowa school districts in 2011-12; there were 359 the year before and 431 in 1990.
- 33,938: The number of full-time public school teachers, up slightly from 33,610 in 2000-01.
- $50,634: The average salary for public school teachers in 2010-11, up from $49,626 the previous school year. Iowa ranks 25th nationally in teacher pay and 6th among Midwestern states.
- 96%: Percentage of Iowa school districts that offered preschool in 2011-12, up from 83.4 percent in 2008-09.
- 41.8: Average age of Iowa's full-time public school teachers.
- 81%: Percentage of total general fund spending in public schools for salaries and benefits.
- $9,484: Iowa's average per-student expenditure in 2010-11. The amount is about the same as the year before ($9,455).
- 70.8%: Percentage of total general fund spending in Iowa public schools dedicated to student instruction in 2010-11; up from 68.6 percent in 1997-98.
For the second year in a row, Iowa has achieved the second-highest volunteer rate in the country with 37.9 percent of Iowans helping others in 2010. That surpasses the 2008 rank of fifth, according to the recent Volunteering in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Iowans devoted a total of 93.4 million hours to volunteering in 2010 and provided more than $2 billion in services to Iowa. Additionally, Iowa ranked first in volunteer retention rate. Since the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service was created in 1994, Iowa has made persistent efforts to build and support a local infrastructure to support volunteerism. Nearly 150,000 more Iowans volunteer today than they did in 1989 prior to the creation of the commission. (www.volunteeringinamerica.gov)