Iowa – State Information

MEA President: Kevin Droe
Advocacy Leadership Force member: David Law
ALF Member

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 4/30/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 3/19/2021
Budget Deadline 100th session day
Introduction Deadlines  
Governor Kim Reynolds (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Cecil Dolecheck (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Tedd Gassman (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Amy Sinclair (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Chris Cournoyer (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 515-281-4280
Senate Secretary Contact 515-725-4118
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule Meets bi-monthly – on main webpage

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director None listed
Title IV Director None listed
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds November first; currently available allocation are for last school
year; for Title IV website, scroll down to bottom of page for
Title IV information


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

IA Music K-8
Music 5-12
Initial (2-year)
Regional Exchange (2-year)
Standard (5-year)
Master Educator (5-year)
Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 edTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $85 application (in-state)
$145 application (out-of-state)
$75 fingerprinting
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Reopening Guidance for Schools

On July 17, Gov. Reynolds, overriding local decisions, ordered every student to spend at least half of their schooling inside classrooms. Districts must also provide online classes for parents who demand it. Temporary/continuous remote learning for an entire school or district can only be requested if the COVID-19 positivity rate averages 15 percent to 20 percent countywide over the past 14 days, and 10 percent absenteeism is expected for in-person instruction.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

IA: Title IV-A funds were utilized in Iowa to appoint a fine arts teacher, which has allowed students more access to the arts and has ensured that an educator has more contact time with students. Consequently, students have received an increase of instructional minutes in the fine arts due to an increased FTE for a fine arts educator.