News Releases

– 2019 ACT results show more Idaho students meet benchmarks October 30, 2019

(BOISE) – ACT results for Idaho’s 2019 graduating class show consistently higher performance than the national average, and contribute to the continuing conversation about Idaho students’ college readiness, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said.

– Idaho SDE marks Teen Driver Safety Week with PSA, tips for parents October 23, 2019

(BOISE) – For most young Idahoans, the teenage years bring new independence and flexibility via a driver’s license or permit. That license also brings new risk and responsibility – and the State Department of Education urges teens and families to take those considerations to heart.

SDE awards grant funds to help 19 Idaho schools upgrade kitchen equipment October 18, 2019

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded $125,215.47 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 19 Idaho schools purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced Thursday.

FACE conference brings Elizabeth Smart to Boise, aligns with Safety Symposium October 4, 2019

(BOISE) – Author and activist Elizabeth Smart, who gained unwanted fame as a 14-year-old abduction survivor then went on to become an inspirational advocate for legislation and organizations to safeguard children, heads a varied slate of national and regional speakers at the State Department of Education’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) conference Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7-8.

– 124 Idaho schools to receive fresh fruit and vegetable grants July 9, 2019

Students at 124 schools across Idaho will receive free, fresh fruit and vegetables during the coming school year thanks to state-administrated grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.

– Media opportunities at Idaho Mastery Education Conference June 10-11 June 7, 2019

Interested media representatives are invited to join nearly 350 educators from across Idaho and presenters from all 32 schools in the Idaho Mastery Education Network (IMEN) at the Grove in Boise for the state’s first Mastery Education Conference Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11.

– Learn about student-centered learning at free Mastery Education Conference June 4, 2019

For the past three years, 32 schools in 18 districts across Idaho have explored and embraced a mastery-based approach to learning with help from the State Department of Education. Now all interested Idaho educators have the opportunity to explore this personalized, flexible approach during a free two-day conference.

– SDE launches search for new student engagement director May 17, 2019

Matt McCarter, head of Student Engagement, Career and Technical Readiness at the State Department of Education for nearly eight years, is taking a major career step, so the SDE will look for a new leader for that important department.

– Idaho’s 2019 Presidential Scholars announced May 8, 2019

A high school senior from Boise and one from Rigby have been named as Idaho’s two Presidential Scholars for the class of 2019, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said Tuesday.

– Guest Opinion: Idaho Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10 May 3, 2019

As Superintendent, I have the opportunity to visit many classrooms and talk to many Idaho teachers across our great state. What I always see are caring, dedicated, innovative professionals who spend countless hours making sure our kids are learning, growing and achieving. I see rooms, hallways, libraries and playgrounds full of busy, engaged and happy kids.

– SDE kicks off Legislative Roadshow in North Idaho this week April 22, 2019

(BOISE) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra and key staff members will launch their annual Legislative Roadshow in North Idaho Wednesday and Thursday, April 24-25, to share the latest Idaho education developments with area superintendents, charter school administrators, business managers and other district and school representatives.

– SDE seeks waiver for administrative and procurement review cycle flexibility April 4, 2019

The Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) has submitted a waiver request to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the current three-year Administrative Review Cycle to a five-year review cycle and align procurement reviews to mirror the administrative review cycle.

– Superintendent Ybarra kicks off Legislative Roadshow April 2 March 29, 2019

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra and key staff members are hitting the road again this year to discuss the legislative session and all of the latest Idaho education developments, starting with a livestreamed event in Boise Tuesday, April 2.

– SDE suicide-prevention efforts get boost from donation February 25, 2019

(BOISE) – As part of Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra will accept a $25,000 check from the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) Tuesday afternoon to help fund the Sources of Strength program.

– Idaho’s Presidential Scholar candidates announced January 28, 2019

(BOISE) – More than 50 Idaho high school seniors from throughout Idaho are in the running as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to the national committee that organizes the program on behalf of the White House.

– Guest opinion: The future looks bright for Idaho students January 22, 2019

(BOISE) – Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, understood the connection between perseverance and success. He is credited with saying, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” I predict a bright future for our students because Idaho is creating an education system that prepares our kids to thrive in the 21st century economy.

– SDE seeks sponsors for summer food program that feeds children in need January 17, 2019

(BOISE) – The Child Nutrition Division of the Idaho State Department of Education is looking for partners for this year’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals and snacks to children ages 1 to 18 whose families may not be able to afford to give their children nutritious meals when school is not in session.

– Superintendent Ybarra lauds Gov. Little's commitment to education January 7, 2019

(BOISE) – As Idaho’s top advocate for schoolchildren, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra responded to Gov. Brad Little’s first State of the State address by expressing appreciation to the new governor for making education his top priority, committing funding and ideas to the shared effort of supporting Idaho schools and students to achieve.

– Idaho State Department of Education unveils new K-12 Report Card December 19, 2018

(BOISE) – After nine months of intensive work, the State Department of Education’s revamped K-12 Report Card is available online, providing a user-friendly way for parents, educators and others to access information about schools and districts throughout the state.

– Department Seeks Waivers for Recently Rescinded Program Policies December 12, 2018

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (SDE, CNP) has submitted multiple waiver requests to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for recently rescinded policy waivers as issued in SFSP 01-2019 Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission, October 11, 2018.

– Thirteen Idaho schools get USDA grant funds for kitchen equipment October 30, 2018

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded $132,068.72 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 13 schools across Idaho purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.

GEAR UP conference in Boise focuses on Advanced Opportunities October 12, 2018

(BOISE) – Nearly 600 education professionals from western states, including 175 from Idaho, will gather in Boise Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 16-18, for the GEAR UP West conference, which this year will feature the State Department of Education’s Advanced Opportunities program.

State IDs Idaho schools for recognition, support September 5, 2018

(BOISE) – The state today identified schools for recognition and for targeted support and improvement (TSI) based on the performance of 10 subgroups of students. The identifications mark the second of three phases of information released from the state’s new accountability system.

State IDs schools for support, recognition as part of accountability system August 15, 2018

(BOISE) – Idaho will provide coaching, professional development and other supports over the next three years to help elevate student performance in schools identified as underperforming or with low graduation rates by the state’s new accountability system. The state also will invest $6.3 million in improvement grants for underperforming schools that are part of the federal Title I-A program.

Newly hired SDE policy advisor decides to stay in current job August 3, 2018

(BOISE) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is revisiting plans for a new chief policy advisor after Will Goodman, who had planned to rejoin the State Department of Education Sept. 17, told her he wants to remain with the Mountain Home School District.

121 Idaho schools to receive fresh fruit and vegetable grants July 2, 2018

(BOISE) – Students at 121 schools across Idaho will receive free, fresh fruit and vegetables during the coming school year thanks to state-administrated grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.

Treasure Valley math, science teachers earn presidential awards June 27, 2018

(BOISE) – Two Idaho teachers are among 140 math and science teachers across the nation selected to win Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Lynnea Shafter teaches special K-5 STEM classes at Barbara Morgan STEM Academy in Meridian, and Susan Darden teaches 6th grade general mathematics at Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle. Darden also teaches a history class.

Two Idaho students named U.S. Presidential Scholars May 8, 2018

(BOISE) – A student from Boise High School and one from Moscow High School have been named as Idaho’s Presidential Scholars for 2018, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said Tuesday.

In D.C. and beyond, Idaho’s Teacher of the Year aims to enhance education May 1, 2018

(BOISE) – For Caldwell teacher Becky Mitchell, this is “the week of weeks.” She’s in Washington, D.C., as Idaho’s Teacher of the Year, spreading the word about Idaho education, networking with other top teachers, absorbing teaching resources at Smithsonian museums, and encountering people and places she previously had only imagined.