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Westfall Joins State Department of Education


(BOISE) – Veteran school communications professional Allison Westfall will join the State Department of Education team Monday, February 13th, Superintendent Ybarra announced today.

Department Releases Third Year Graduation Rate Under New Calculation Showing Increase


(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) released the 2015-2016 graduation rates for each school district and public charter school, Superintendent Sherri Ybarra announced today. The 2015-16 school year statewide graduation rate confirms the percentage of students earning their high school diploma in four years at 79.5%. This is an increase from the 2014-2015 statewide graduation rate of 78.9%, and also from the 2013-2014 baseline statewide graduation rate of 77.3%.

Department Nominates Two Schools for National Blue Ribbon Schools Programs


(BOISE) – Idaho State Department of Education has recently nominated two schools for the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Program. The NBRS Program recognizes schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gaps among student subgroups. Idaho’s two school nominees were submitted in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools. These schools are among the highest performing schools as measured by state assessments.

Department Seeks Summer Food Program Sponsors


(BOISE) – The Child Nutrition Division of the Idaho State Department of Education is seeking partners for this year’s Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals and snacks to children, ages 1-18, who live in low-income areas during the summer months.

Superintendent Ybarra Offers Open House to Show Idaho's Educational Return on Investment


(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education will be offering a public open house on Monday, January 23rd, Superintendent Ybarra announced today. The open house will be held on the 2nd floor of the capitol rotunda from 9AM – 1PM allowing the public to see their return on investment for supporting educational programs for students across the state.

Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) Information Now Available Following Intent to Award to Istation


(BOISE) – Superintendent Ybarra announced today, following a thorough request for proposal (RFP) process, that proposal documentation associated with the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) has gone through the proper redaction process and is now being made available to the public. Following the public notification of the intent to award letter provided to Istation, the department thoroughly reviewed over 2,000 pages of proposal information to ensure that the information was properly made public.