A new report shows some positives and negatives in Iowa’s school system. The Iowa Department of Education released their Condition of Education report Thursday detailing information on demographics, teacher salaries, and test scores.
Among the findings, schools have seen an increase in minority students enrolling in Iowa. In 2008, approximately 15 percent of students were considered minority, now that number is just over 19 percent.
There was also an increase in the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. During the last school year 40 percent of students were eligible, which is up from 27 percent a decade ago.
The report also showed teacher’s salaries are on the rise. Last year the average salary for a public teacher was $50,000. In 2011, the average salary was $49,000.