'Achievement gap' still a concern for Iowa education officials

But other areas have seen incremental improvements, Glass notes in

March 28, 2014 | 10:47 am

Iowa’s education chief said Thursday that Iowa students have made some improvements in achievement over the past year, but areas of concern remain as policy makers and elected officials consider ways to reform Iowa’s education system.

“We see some incremental improvements in some areas and that’s good news I think for the state. Our enrollment seems to be trending up and that’s good news, too,” said Glass, who has served as Gov. Terry Branstad’s director of the Iowa Department of Education for the past two years.

Glass said the report is a mixed bag for Iowa’s 348 school districts.

“We see some encouraging news, but there’s still plenty of work ahead,” he said. “We still face a large and chronic achievement gap."

“There are places where we’ve stagnated; there are places where I think we’ve made some improvements. As a state we seem to be slowly trending up in the right direction overall, but our achievement gaps still persist.”

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.

The report includes the most recent data through the 2011-12 school year.

Highlights include:

Students in Public Schools

Schools and Teachers

School Finance

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