Idaho’s Reading Challenge

For kids and their parents, the reading journey starts and continues at home

Behind every score on the Idaho Reading Indicator, behind every intervention plan to help an at-risk student, there is a child’s story. And the parents’ story. Stories of struggles, successes and uncertainties.

Little embraces the literacy issue — for the long haul

Gov. Brad Little knows it will take a sustained effort to improve literacy in Idaho. But he says everything else in education will build off of it. “I can’t have them college and career ready if they’re not literate.”

All-day kindergarten takes off in Idaho. Is pre-K next?

Idaho’s literacy program is already reshaping early education — changing the school day for thousands of young children, and offering new options to their parents.

Two years in, teachers are still learning about Idaho’s new reading test

By and large, teachers say the new Idaho Reading Indicator provides better data and timelier information than its predecessor. But some teachers and parents concede the online format poses problems.

Young readers face demographic hurdles — some obvious, others subtle

“We can’t hang our hat on that we can’t get the job done because we can’t control the kids we get,” said Debbie Critchfield, president of the State Board of Education.

What’s working: Reading success stories from five Idaho schools

Some of Idaho’s reading success stories are unfolding in remote, rural schools. Scores are improving significantly. Student growth far exceeds the statewide rate.

By the numbers: How schools spend reading money, and define success

Every fall, school districts and charter schools must explain how they spend their share of literacy money. They also have to set goals, though some schools seem to take goal-setting more seriously than others.

Reading realities: Idaho is far from its lofty literacy goals

Moving the needle on reading — and preparing young kids for the world that awaits them — will take time. And money.