Located in Ottumwa, Iowa, Southern Prairie Area Education Agency 15 is governed by a nine-member board of directors and serves students, teachers, administrators, boards and parents in more than 20 school districts. The area education agency was founded in 1975 and offers a wide variety of services. Its services include curriculum development, assessments, school improvement, providing vocational education, child and dependent adult abuse training, home schooling, and early childhood and parent education programs. It sponsors a wide variety of student events, including art exhibitions, science fairs, sports programs, conferences and video awards contests. Southern Prairie Area Education Agency 15 has office located in Centerville, Fairfield, Chariton, Albia and Oskaloosa in Iowa.