Boise signs on (a little) with Silverback

An intriguing tech tidbit from this week’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee road show: The Boise School District has chosen a Boise-based company to help track English language learners.

The district will work with Silverback Learning Solutions, a company that markets Mileposts — an instructional improvement system designed to help teachers track student growth and performance, and tailor lesson plans to match. (Here’s a link to an in-depth article on Silverback and Mileposts.)

The Boise district will use Mileposts for its ELL students, district technology administrator David Roberts told legislative budget-writers Monday.

The news is significant for two reasons.

Mileposts was developed in the Blaine County School District. Silverback’s management team includes two former Idaho district superintendents: retired Blaine County Superintendent Jim Lewis is CEO, and retired Boise superintendent Stan Olson is the company’s director of business development.

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Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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