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Iowa Department of Education Conducting Statewide Survey

September 26, 2022

Dear Parent, Guardian, or other Legally Responsible Adult:

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking input from parents and/or guardians regarding Iowa’s current rules for public school districts. These accreditation standards, which are outlined in Iowa Administrative Code 281 chapter 12, define requirements for providing a standard-level of education with a focus on improving the learning, achievement and performance of all students.

Parents and families of students in preschool through grade 12 are invited to share thoughts and opinions on these rules by completing the Chapter 12 Survey, which is available in both English and Spanish. The online survey can be completed anytime from September 21-October 7, 2022. You can access the survey by clicking on the following link:

Your participation in the survey is voluntary and you can choose to answer only those questions relevant to you and your student(s). All survey responses will be confidential and no personally identifiable information will be collected—no names will be recorded and no identifying information will be attached to specific responses. The results of the survey will help identify areas that may be in need of revisions to better meet the evolving educational needs of students, families and communities.

Thank you for your involvement as we work to improve public education throughout the state. Step-by-step instructions and a survey overview are included. The survey should take less than 20 minutes and you may submit a separate response for each child.

Questions regarding the survey are welcome. Please contact the Iowa Department of Education at if you have any questions or concerns.



Survey Instructions

  • Access the Survey
  • Select Your School
    • On the main landing page, you will see a drop-down list.
    • Please choose your school and school district that your student attends and click the “Take This Survey” button to begin.
    • You can choose to take the survey in Spanish. There is a drop-down menu on the landing page where you can select “Spanish” as a language for the survey.
    • On the next page you will be asked to confirm that the district and school names are correct. If they are not correct, go back to select the correct school.
  • Complete the Survey
    • Once you have confirmed the school and district names are correct, read the instructions and begin answering the questions. All questions are optional, and you may skip any you do not want to answer.
    • Click the blue “Submit” button at the end when you are done answering questions. If you exit the window before doing this, your responses will not be saved and you will need to begin the survey again.
  • Optional - Submit Another Response
    • If you have more than one child, you may have received additional email links. You can complete another survey by following the link in the email or by clicking on the “Take Another Survey” button. You will be directed back to the school selection page to start a new survey.

That’s it! Thank you for sharing your experiences.