Idaho State Department of Education

Student surveys find emotional engagement lower than other areas

More than 20 percent of the 185,000 students who responded to the survey were emotionally “disengaged” from school.

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The State Department of Education is looking for a new communications director, and registration is open for the SDE’s prevention conference geared toward keeping Idaho schools and students safe.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage to hold virtual mental health summit for teens

Also the State Department of Education is looking for summer partners to help provide free food for kids.

No bonuses this year for master educators

Hundreds of teachers are waiting to find out if they have earned the $4,000-per-year premiums.

As election nears, reading scores remain under wraps

Originally, the state said it would release the test scores in October. Now, the scores might not be unavailable until after Tuesday’s election.

Confusion abounds in wake of teacher evaluations review

Some school districts destroy classroom observations, while others keep them and were able to give them to the state for review. A state spokesman said submitting the observations for review “wasn’t optional.”

ESSA draft: Schools to pick their own accountability measure

The state’s plan for complying with a new federal law says schools will be measured by either student growth or proficiency — whichever’s higher.

Winslow says collecting new data ‘is doable’

The executive director of the Idaho Association of School Administrators says his board members aren’t concerned about sharing out the new metrics, only the time commitment of the collection process.

Dual credit in Idaho: What the state’s numbers say

The State Board of Education questioned the dual-credit program last week — but this assessment was based on parental feedback, not hard numbers.

Luna asks for his largest budget increase

Luna invites his successor to transition early as soon as November’s election is decided.