Idaho Service Provider – An Idaho school district, public charter school, college, university, or consortium that provides online courses to the students outside its boundaries. This type of provider does not need to apply for approval, but the courses are rated by the student and parent.

Outside Service Providers – An organization offering academic online courses to the students that is not an Idaho educational institution.

Initial Review Team – Comprised of teachers across Idaho who have online teaching experience. The team independently reviews the courses from Outside Service Providers with the scores for approval.

Idaho Digital Learning Portal Administer - The Idaho State Department of Education employee/contractor who oversees the online approval and review process.

Online Course – A course that meets the following criteria:

  • 51%, or more, of the course content is delivered electronically through the internet or other computer-based methods.
  • 51%, or more, of the teaching is conducted from a remote location through an online course learning management system or other online or electronic tools.


  • A course can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both.
  • The role of the teacher is to ensure student learning and success. This role may be accomplished through a variety of teaching methods, including but not limited to: direct instruction; review of assignments; assessment, testing and other progress monitoring; and educational facilitation.
  • A remote location is any location where there is no "face-to-face" student-teacher interaction.

Blended Courses – Blended courses are those where 0-50% of content and instruction are delivered online. Blended courses can contain some in-person content delivery and/or some in-person instruction.

Web-enhanced Courses – Web-enhanced courses are those where the instruction takes place in person, but at least some of the content is delivered online.

Consortium – A group of school districts and/or public charter schools that provide online classes to each other's students.

Completion Rate – The percentage of students that enrolled and did not drop out or withdraw from the course. These students must have received a grade for the course. The percentage must be calculated using Idaho student enrollments.

Course Sponsor – Course sponsor is the school district or public charter school that is held accountable for student growth as measured by the ISAT.

Passing Rate – The percentage of students that completed the course with a 60% or higher. The percentage must be calculated using Idaho student enrollments.

Overload Course – A course that exceeds the typical number of credits offered by the student?s home school. For example: if the home school offers seven one-credit course periods per term and the student wishes to take an eighth course. Parents could be responsible for the entire enrollment price of overload courses.

Home District – A student's home district is the Idaho school district or public charter school in which the student is currently enrolled and working toward their high school diploma.

Dual Credit for Early Completers Program - Program is open to any student who has completed all the state’s high school graduation requirements, excluding the senior project and any other course that the state board of education requires to be completed during the final year of high school. For more information on Dual Credit for Early Completers Program, please go: HERE.

8-in-6 Program – To help students complete 8 years of schoolwork (2 years of middle school, 4 years of high school, and 2 years of postsecondary or trade school) in just 6 years. The program is open to all students in grades 7 through 12. For more detail on the 8-in-6 Program go: HERE.

Idaho Education Network (IEN) – The IEN is a private, high-speed broadband network connecting K-12 high schools across the state. The network is managed to provide schools with technical support and resources without impacting their budgets. As schools adopt technology, the IEN provides adequate bandwidth to meet those educational needs.

The IEN also equips schools with videoconferencing equipment. This tool is an option for schools to use to connect students to courses and other virtual content. Videoconferencing has been successful in rural areas and with budget-conscious schools.

These two components together provide equal educational opportunities throughout the state, regardless of geographic boundaries.