School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, which permits students to attend any public school in the state if there is room.
Charter Schools Score: 85%
The above-average charter law gives schools a large amount of autonomy regarding operations and teachers, but severely shortchanges schools when it comes to funding, especially in Boise, which is close to 43 percent. Idaho charters are embracing new innovations in learning that will surely prove to become a model for most states, including serving rural students in new and path-breaking ways with a focus on online and blended modalities.
Online Learning Score: 75%
Legislation was passed via SB1091 to appropriate funds for the development and maintenance of an online course portal, begun by the State Department of Education (SDE). This portal will include online courses from the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, one of the largest state virtual schools, from school districts, charter schools, and post-secondary institutions.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Neither tenure decisions (earned after three years) nor licensure advancement and renewal are connected to objective evidence of teacher effectiveness. Ineffective classroom performance can be considered grounds for dismissal, and while “last hired, first hired” is prohibited, performance is also not considered during layoffs. The performance pay system was repealed and the state once again uses the minimum salary schedule with raises based on experience and degrees obtained.