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Iowa
Iowa
Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg.,
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
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Superintendent of Education
Director Ted Stilwill, (515) 281-3436
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Leland Tack, (515) 281-5293
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Leland Tack, (515) 281-5293

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
480,826 502,941 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
1,633 1,552 Public schools
30,873 32,593 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
56,290 56,290 Land area in square miles
8.5 8.9 Public school students per square mile
2.9 2.8 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
2,767 2,848 State population (in thousands)
$2,100 $3,334 State revenue per capita
$1,921 $3,277 State expenditure per capita
$430 $665 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$92,481 $141,478 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 468 100% 408 Total public education agencies
93.2% 436 92.9% 379 Regular school districts
3.2% 15 3.7% 15 Regional service agencies
3.6% 17 3.2% 13 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.2% 1 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 100 or more schools
1.1% 5 1.0% 4 25 to 99 schools
3.0% 14 3.2% 13 10 to 24 schools
12.8% 60 16.9% 69 5 to 9 schools
76.3% 357 71.6% 292 1 to 4 schools
6.8% 32 7.4% 30 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 1,633 100% 1,552 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
98.6% 1,610 97.0% 1,505 Regular schools
0.8% 13 0.9% 14 Special education schools
0.1% 2 0.0% 0 Vocational schools
0.5% 8 2.1% 33 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
47.6% 777 45.2% 702 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
2.1% 35 1.3% 20 PK, K, 1 to 8
10.5% 172 13.5% 209 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
6.0% 98 4.3% 66 7 to 8, 9
10.5% 171 7.0% 108 7, 8 to 12
16.0% 262 17.2% 267 9, 10, 11 to 12
6.1% 100 11.1% 172 Other grades
1.1% 18 0.2% 3 Ungraded
0.0% 0 0.3% 5 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
1,068 5,042 Prekindergarten
39,608 37,101 Kindergarten
38,817 36,614 First
37,512 35,706 Second
35,536 35,004 Third
34,301 34,918 Fourth
33,828 36,450 Fifth
32,340 37,604 Sixth
33,383 37,890 Seventh
31,815 38,801 Eighth
33,296 40,892 Ninth
35,296 40,277 Tenth
36,907 38,093 Eleventh
36,965 35,650 Twelfth
20,154 12,899 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
12.9% Students in special education with IEPs
18.1% 20.4% School membership eligible for free lunch
12.2% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
93.5% 34,580 92.3% 31,689 Regular diploma
0.6% 221 0.4% 154 Other diploma
5.9% 2,199 6.9% 2,379 High school equivalency
  0.3% 115 Other completers
    3.1% Dropouts
      57.9% Dropouts who were male
      16.4% Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
229.1 284.0 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
26.2% 22.4% Students below basic level
73.8% 77.6% Students at or above basic level
22.1% 31.5% Students at or above proficient level
1.3% 3.9% Students at advanced level
158.1 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  28.9% Students below basic level
  71.1% Students at or above basic level
  36.0% Students at or above proficient level
  2.7% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 56,670 100% 63,003 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
54.5% 30,873 51.7% 32,593 Teachers
5.4% 3,050 10.2% 6,421 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.6% 928 2.1% 1,332 Guidance counselors/directors
3.0% 1,689 3.4% 2,140 Librarians/library support
7.3% 4,134 6.1% 3,873 Administrative support
24.6% 13,959 21.7% 13,676 Other support services
        Administrators
2.5% 1,425 2.8% 1,770 School-based
1.1% 612 1.9% 1,198 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.2 1.1 Teacher to all other staff ratio
15.2 11.0 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$18,683 $21,884 Average beginning teacher salary
$24,858 $33,272 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.4% 0.0% Public school teachers with no degree
65.8% 67.3% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
31.3% 31.3% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
2.5% 1.4% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$29,612 $51,911 National school lunch
$1,717 $7,239 National school breakfast
$33,092 $51,531 Title I
$21,780 $33,256 Education for the handicapped
$11,883 $15,363 Vocational and adult education
$9,091 $11,246 School improvement
$219 $175 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$246 $426 Bilingual education
$240 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$1,958,184 $3,167,763 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$4,073 $6,298 Revenue per pupil in membership
$1,859,173 $2,885,943 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$3,867 $5,738 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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