MORE ABOUT IOWA BOARDING SCHOOLSThe Iowa Department of Education oversees K-12 public education private and boarding schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges, and teacher preparation programs in the state of Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Education is composed of ten members that are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the State Senate. The responsibilities of the board include establishing policies for the efficient and effective operation of education in Iowa; adopting rules for the enforcement of school laws; striving for higher levels of learning and achievement for all students; adopting long-range plans for the education system; recommending changes in school laws to the General Assembly; adopting rules for the accrediting public, private, and boarding schools.
The Iowa Department of Education works with the Iowa State Board of Education to provide support, supervision, and oversight for the state education system that includes public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies (AEAs), community colleges, boarding schools, and teacher preparation programs.
All students in Iowa are required to learn the Iowa Core Standards, also known as the Iowa Academic Standards. Content areas included in the are English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, 21st Century Skills, and the Universal Constructs.
The Iowa Academic Standards are aimed at preparing students for the rigorous challenges in postsecondary education and careers. They demonstrate priorities about the concepts and skills that are required to learn in the K–12 system. These are the minimal expectations all students are required to know and able to do.
Each local school district in Iowa must offer a complete education in all grades from kindergarten through 12th grade. All state residents are entitled to free public education up to age 21 and state law requires that all students between the ages of 6–16 attend school either in their assigned "resident" district, through open enrollment to another district, or through private instruction (homeschooling).
Elementary schools grades 1–6 must teach language arts, social studies, math, science, health, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual arts. Junior high grades 7–8 must teach language arts, social studies, math, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, music, visual art, family and consumer education, career education, and technology education. High school grades 9–12 must offer at a minimum six units of language arts, five units of social studies, six units of math, five units of science, one unit of health, one unit of physical education, three units of fine arts, four units of foreign language, and 12 units of vocational education.
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