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.
During 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.
"This new program builds on the progress we have already made to ensure every Idaho student not only graduates from high school but goes on and does not need remediation once they get there," Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said. "Today, we have a menu of options for students to choose from as they work to prepare themselves to pursue education after high school and to reduce the cost of earning a degree or certificate. Whether they want to earn college credit while they are still in high school or graduate early, we are making these opportunities available to all of Idaho's public school students, no matter where they live or go to school. Now, these opportunities will be available to every high school student."
– Superintendent Tom Luna
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.
|School District||Fall 2012||Spring 2013||Year||Number of Students||Post-secondary enrollment Fall 2014|
|Basin School District||$260.00||$0.00||$260.00||1||1|
|Nampa School District||$390.00||$390.00||$780.00||1||1|
|Vallivue School District||$0.00||$675.00||$675.00||3||2|
|Cassia County Joint District||$0.00||$65.00||$65.00||1|
|Orofino Joint District||$0.00||$455.00||$455.00||6|
|West Side Joint District||$112.50||$1,035.00||$1,147.50||2||2|
|Hagerman Joint District||$0.00||$270.00||$270.00||4||1|
|Forrest M. Bird Charter||$5,330.00||$845.00||$6,175.00||11||9|
|Minidoka County Joint District||$325.00||$1,690.00||$2,015.00||1|
|Lewiston Independent District||$780.00||$0.00||$780.00||3||3|
|Twin Falls District||$0.00||$270.00||$270.00||2|
|Idaho Virtual Academy||$390.00||$450.00||$840.00||2|
|Kootenai Bridge Academy||$450.00||$750.00||$1,200.00||2||1|
|17 Schools Total||$9,977.50||$21,850.00||$31,827.50||Total: 56||Total: 27|