Iowa is dedicated to maintaining the best K–12 public education system in the nation. Time and time again, the hard work of Iowa students and education professionals pays off. Iowa is number one in high school graduation rates, and Iowa students have the one highest average ACT scores in the nation. With a nationally-recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum in a majority of public middle and high schools, Iowa students graduate with a multitude of promising options. Iowa’s three regent universities and 15 community colleges offer a full range of higher education opportunities to students throughout the state. Learn how Iowans apply knowledge and loyalty to work for your business.