Iowa Director of Education
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The department was created by the 35th General Assembly in 1913 and was originally called the Department of Public Instruction. The current name was adopted in 1986.
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The director is appointed by the Governor for a four-year term and is subject to confirmation by the Iowa State Senate.
The director is responsible for providing leadership for the Department of Education. The director also serves as the executive officer of the State Board of Education.
The vision and mission statements of the Department of Education are as follows:
Vision: Iowa students will become productive citizens in a democratic society, and successful participants in a global community.
Mission: Champion excellence for all Iowa students through leadership and service.
The Department of Education is divided into three main units:
- Community Colleges
- PK-12 Education
- School Support & Information