advanced opportunities

Legislative roundup, 2.16.21: Senate passes advanced opportunities expansion, and a big tax bill surfaces

The Senate signed off on extending the state’s advanced opportunities program to private and parochial school students. Meanwhile, the first big tax relief bill of the year surfaced Tuesday.

Analysis: Dual credit — and a point of diminishing returns

Idaho’s advanced opportunities program is growing, and lawmakers will consider a record $20 million budget for next year. But college go-on numbers are static — even as more students take advantage of the dual-credit programs.

Will the state’s big investment bridge Idaho’s demographic gaps?

Since 2013-14, Idaho has spent at least $133.4 million on programs designed to help convince high school graduates to continue their education.

Idaho’s advanced opportunities bill: $16 million and rising

More than 32,000 students took part in the popular program last school year — earning at least $55 million worth of college credits.

ISU seeks to expand on-campus dual-credit offerings

ISU launched the dual-credit program in the fall of 2017, opening classes to 12 high school students. By the spring of 2018, 32 students took part.

As dual credit grows, will rural students get left behind?

By providing free college-level classes in high school, Idaho hopes to encourage a new generation of college students. The results have been mixed.

Idaho’s AP numbers improve — yet lose ground

More Idaho students are graduating high school with Advanced Placement credits — and a jumpstart on college. But Idaho’s numbers still lag well behind national averages.

As advanced opportunities program grows, some gaps are evident

In 2016-17, 27,859 junior and senior high school students took college-level classes. But students of color and students in poverty are less likely to take advantage of the state’s program.

Otter, lawmakers consider deposits into K-12 piggy bank

The Public Education Stabilization Fund is Idaho’s budget reserve for covering unexpected K-12 costs. The account is expected to dip to its lowest level in five years.

PART ONE: After five years and $100 million, Idaho remains far from its ’60 percent goal’

Free college classes in high school. More college scholarships. More college and career counselors. But Idaho still struggles to convince high school graduates to continue their education. Why? Part one of a four-story series.