K-12 Accountability

Accountability in the K-12 school system is focused on holding school districts, schools, and educators responsible for student results. To ensure our high school graduates are well-prepared for higher education and the workforce, the Idaho State Board of Education sets high expectations for our schools and students.

COVID-19 Assessment and Accountability Requirements Waiver Feedback

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an emotional and toll on our school communities with significant disruptions to classroom learning that will affect Idaho’s ability to administer assessments and produce valid results used for accountability. When students and educators return to school later this spring, the Superintendent and State Board of Education recognize schools will be prioritizing the social-emotional needs of their students, and providing high-quality learning opportunities that prepare them for the following year. The Department of Education has submitted our waiver for standardized testing requirements, accountability determinations and some reporting requirements. Our waiver, although already approved, requires an opportunity for our public to provide feedback or comments.

On August 16, 2017, State Board of Education President Linda Clark and Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra signed Idaho’s Consolidated Plan. The Idaho Consolidated Plan details the process the state will use to identify schools that are performing well and those that need support and improvement. The plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2017, and was approved on March 29, 2018.

The Idaho State Department of Education’s Assessment and Accountability Division facilitates the state’s accountability system, gathering and analyzing appropriate data and providing resources and guidance to schools that need support. The first identification process under the state’s new accountability occurred in August and September 2018, and data and identifications will be updated annually through school, district, and state report cards available at idahoschools.org.

Accountability Oversight Committee

The Accountability Oversight Committee is an ad hoc committee of the State Board of Education. The committee is responsible for providing recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding Idaho’s accountability and assessment system, including any changes or improvements that are needed.

Persistently Dangerous Elementary or Secondary School

Pursuant to the Elementary and Secondary School Act as amended, TITLE IX, PART E, SUBPART 2, SEC. 9532. UNSAFE SCHOOL CHOICE OPTION, the State Board of Education has adopted the following criteria for identifying persistently dangerous elementary or secondary schools.