Education Initiatives

Think Global, Innovate Local

Idaho education has entered a new progressive era in order to increase global competitiveness and attract opportunity, as seen through our many current education initiatives. Education and commerce must partner to build upon each other.

The State Board of Education is aligning initiatives, such as increasing the number of college degrees earned by Idaho students, strengthening career-technical education in the technical colleges and high schools, more than doubling the number of students taking both high school and college credit, and increasing the state’s college scholarship awards through the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship program.

Initiatives such as Next Steps Idaho and College Application Week are driving prospective students toward a brighter future, where their potential is limited only by their drive to achieve it. The encompassing recommendations of the Taskforce for Improving Education have been far reaching in every corner of the state, and every nuance of our education system.

Next Steps, Idaho

Next Steps, Idaho

The path beyond graduation can be overwhelming and confusing.  You know education is the key, but you need a map. The Next Steps website features a grade-by-grade timeline to help Idaho students keep track of everything they need to do and think about as they prepare for life after high school. Next Steps Idaho is here to help.

Task Force for Improving Education (K-12)

Task Force for Improving Education (K-12)

Commissioned in December 2012 by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, the Task Force for Education was assembled to study and collaborate on how Idaho's education system could better prepare its children for success.  As an overarching goal, the Task Force unanimously adopted the State Board's goal that 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 attain a postsecondary degree or credential by 2020.

Higher Education Task Force

Higher Education Task Force

The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force was created February 1, 2017 to extend the charter of the K-12 task force efforts to higher education in Idaho. Combined with the additional new Workforce Development Task Force, these efforts address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs.

Complete College Idaho

Complete College Idaho

The State Board has set an ambitious goal that 60% of Idahoans ages 25-34 will have a degree or certificate by 2020. Responsiveness to business needs is driving a renewed effort to develop home grown talent toward the goal of a more diverse economy.

College Application Week

College Application Week

The Idaho State Board of Education, along with proclamation by the Governor, established College Application Week in 2013.

Stem Education

Stem Education
The State Board developed the P-20 Statewide STEM Strategic Plan to meet the demands of a globally competitive economy requiring STEM knowledge and skills.  Key stakeholders were convened by the Board to identify STEM goals and initiatives for the state of Idaho. The statewide STEM Strategic Plan was adopted in 2013 and finalized with performance indicators in 2014.