The board of directors of each public school district and the authorities in charge of each nonpublic school shall do the following:
 1. Appoint a school improvement advisory committee to make recommendations to the board or authorities. The advisory committee shall consist of members representing students, parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives from the local community, which may include representatives of business, industry, labor, community agencies, higher education, or other community constituents. To the extent possible, committee membership shall have balanced representation with regard to race, gender, national origin, and disability.

Terms Used In Iowa Code 280.12

  • Committee membership: Legislators are assigned to specific committees by their party. Seniority, regional balance, and political philosophy are the most prominent factors in the committee assignment process.
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Nonpublic school: means any school, other than a public school, which is accredited pursuant to section 256. See Iowa Code 280.2
  • Public school: means any school directly supported in whole or in part by taxation. See Iowa Code 280.2
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
 2. Utilize the recommendations from the school improvement advisory committee to determine the following:

 a. Major educational needs.
 b. Student learning goals.
 c. Long-range and annual improvement goals that include, but are not limited to, the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement.
 d. Desired levels of student performance.
 e. Progress toward meeting the goals set out in paragraphs “b” through “d”.
 f. Harassment or bullying prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives.
 3. Consider recommendations from the school improvement advisory committee to infuse character education into the educational program.