Idaho: College and Career Policies

The educator evaluation systems are to be developed by the districts of the state based upon guidance issued by the Department, and must be in compliance with the law passed by the legislature and rules passed by the SBE. 33% of the annual evaluations are to be based on student performance measures.

Idaho updated the English language arts standards in 2011. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Idaho updated the science standards in 2006.

Requires assessment systems to be developed by local school districts, approved by State Boards of Education. The Legislature has the authority to assign tasks by law to the State Board in accordance with the State Board of Education's powers and duties.

Idaho updated the math standards in 2011. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Idaho is a governing member of the SBAC. Idaho also has the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISATS) which is administered to students in grades 3-10 in reading, language usage, and mathematics. It also assesses science skills in grades 5, 7, and 10, and End of Course assessments in biology and chemistry for high school students.

Idaho updated the limited English proficiency standards in 2012.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards (the Department of Education creates standards which the State Board of Education is required to approve. Once approved, a senate committee must give final approval).

Idaho updated the social studies standards in 2009.

Under rules set forth by the Idaho State Department of Education Teacher Certification, in order to become a certified teacher in the state, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree either from an accredited teacher preparation institution in Idaho or from an accredited college or university that uses National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for teacher preparation. Your teacher preparation program must also conduct a technology assessment on all teacher applicants, to make sure you are proficient in technology skills necessary in the classroom. During your Idaho teacher preparation program, expect to participate in student teaching.

Idaho updated the humanities standards in 2008.

Idaho requires 9 credits of English to graduate, including 1 credit of speech.

Idaho updated the health standards in 2011.

Idaho requires 3 additional credits to graduate.

Idaho updated the physical education standards in 2010.

Idaho requires 6 credits of math to graduate.

The Idaho Board of Education oversees the Idaho teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

Idaho requires 6 credits of science courses to graduate.

The Idaho State Board of Education holds all authority in teacher preparation program approval.

Idaho requires 5 credits of social studies to graduate.

The Idaho State Department of Education is preparing to administer new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year.

In order for educators in Idaho to renew their certificate, they must complete a mathematics and literacy course.

The Idaho State Department of Education is preparing to administer new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year.

In order to become a certified teacher in Idaho, an applicant must pass numerous assessments regarding pedagogy, literacy, and technology as well as endorsement specific requirements outlined in the policy.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Administrators are required to complete at least 6 semester hours of coursework over 5 years in order to renew their license.

Idaho has not adopted any professional development standards.