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New Program For All Idaho Students

Beginning fall 2014, high school students attending public schools across Idaho have access to new funding to help cover the costs of taking college-level courses or professional-technical certification exams while still in high school.


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Fast Forward ProgramDuring the 2014 Legislative Session, the Idaho Legislature passed Senate Bill 1233, which approved funds to cover of up to 75% of the cost of taking dual credit courses, college-bearing exams, or professional-technical exams. Fast Forward Program provides every high school junior access to a maximum of $200 a year and each high school senior access to a maximum of $400 a year. These funds are to be utilized after all other grants, scholarships, and other funds are exhausted, except county funds for out of district students taking community college courses.

 

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To: Superintendents and Charter School Administrators
From: Idaho State Department of Education
Date: April 05, 2013

Re: Mastery Advancement Program - MAP (formerly a 6-year Pilot Program)

During the 2010 Legislative Session, the Mastery Advancement Program was approved (as a six-year pilot program) to provide a mechanism to reward Idaho schools, students and the state for helping students to graduate early. Under this six-year pilot program, districts and public charter schools can utilize mastery exams to allow students to progress quicker through high school. MAP also allows for pilot programs within elementary schools to use various ways of challenging students at the appropriate level. Districts and public charter schools must apply to participate in MAP.

With the 2013 Legislative Session, the bill was revised and is no longer in pilot phase, and is now open to all Idaho school districts and public charter schools as a permanent program effective July 01, 2013.

If your district or public charter is interested in participating in MAP, you must submit your application package to the State Department of Education by June 30, 2013. Your application package/criteria must be approved by the School Board and signed by the Superintendent. Please submit your package by mailing to:

Idaho State Department of Education
Attn: MAP Coordinator
650 West State St.
Boise, ID 83720

Or by emailing bspinner@sde.idaho.gov

Districts currently participating in the program do not need to re-submit an application unless there have been changes with contact information and test-out measures.

PDF Icon MAP Application 2014
PDF Icon Mastery Rules See pages 73-76 (on the PDF file), listed as pages 183-186 on document Link
PDF Icon Schools Participating in MAPP

 

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Dual Credit for Early Completers Program 2013 Update the 2012-2013 school year 56 students in 17 different school districts qualified under the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program and earned approximately 200 dual credits while in high school. Of these students who completed dual credit courses in this program, 42 students graduated high school in 2013 and 37 of these student enrolled at postsecondary institutions for the Fall 2013 semester. During the 2012-2013 school year data collected was limited to the information reported by districts within the Idaho System for Educational Excellence (ISEE) fields provided. Many districts reported credits earned at the high school level for each course, rather than the credits earned at the postsecondary institution. The reimbursements made for this program were based on the ISEE data reported, which did not specify college credit or high school credit earned when entering dual credit course information. The state reimbursed $31,827.50 for the 2012-2013 school year, a 93% increase from the program's first year.

 

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