The Science department at the State Department of Education provides assistance to parents, educators, administrators, students, and the community in topics pertaining to science. We promote opportunities for students to gain a deep understanding of scientific concepts so they can apply that knowledge in K-12, post-secondary institutes, and the work force. These skills should include the ability to acquire relevant information, organize data, develop balanced thought processes, construct new knowledge, and to have a global understanding of issues in science.


To aid this study, it is recommended that local education agencies (LEAs) develop a K-12 science curriculum that clearly defines student learning of content knowledge and skills. The key components of science content knowledge includes understanding the nature and history of science, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and technology.

The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program will support a limited number of high-quality professional development projects designed to improve teacher quality and student achievement in mathematics, science, and STEM. All Idaho public and private school districts and institutions of higher education meeting partnership requirements are invited to submit proposals. Proposals are being solicited at this time for professional development projects that may begin as early as April 2016.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President of the United States to bestow up to 108 awards each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the Nation. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

For additional information on who may nominate and who may apply, read the PAEMST Outreach Brochure. For a list of Idaho Finalists and additional information on the award process, to nominate or to apply, please visit PAEMST’s website.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

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