News Releases

11 Idaho schools get USDA grant funds for kitchen equipment October 27, 2017

(BOISE) - The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded $111,967.94 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 11 schools across Idaho purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.

2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey released October 24, 2017

(BOISE) – Idaho teens’ experience with bullying, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts are among the key statistics in the latest Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the State Department of Education reports.

Grants available for Idaho after-school programs October 12, 2017

(BOISE) – The State Department of Education will award about $1.5 million in five-year grants to operate after-school programs across Idaho starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

Superintendent Ybarra announces Idaho’s 2018 Teacher of Year

A teacher dedicated to seeing students “go on” was named the 2018 Idaho Teacher of the Year today. Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced that Vision Charter School teacher Becky Mitchell is the state’s teacher of the year during a surprise visit to her classroom at the Caldwell school.

Media Advisory: Public Comment Period Opens on Idaho's Federal Consolidated Plan

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education published Idaho’s Federal Consolidated Plan opening the final public comment period yesterday. The updated plan includes public and stakeholder feedback on previous versions, while also taking into consideration feedback from board members during the Idaho State Board of Education meeting held on June 14 and 15 at North Idaho College.

Media Advisory: Idaho Indian Education Summit Kicks Off on Monday, June 12

(BOISE) – More than 100 educators, higher education staff, tribal education directors and tribal leaders will be attending the 2017 Idaho Indian Education Summit sponsored by the Idaho Department of Education and the Idaho State Board of Education. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 12 at the Red Lion Downtowner located at 1800 W Fairview Ave in downtown Boise. Superintendent Sherri Ybarra will be addressing attendees on Tuesday during the luncheon.

Media Advisory: Anti-Bullying Facebook Forum

(BOISE) – Superintendent Sherri Ybarra will be participating in an anti-bullying Facebook live forum with 6 On Your Side on Tuesday, February 28th, from 2:15-3:15pm. You may watch a live stream of the forum at 6onyourside.

Media Advisory: Kid's Fair Boise

(BOISE) – Superintendent Ybarra and department staff will be attending Kid’s Fair Boise on Saturday February 25th from 10AM – 6PM to promote Mathematics and English Language Arts skills, and to interact with students and gather their thoughts on the classroom of the future. The department will be hosting two tables, and welcome all parents and students to participate.

Westfall Joins State Department of Education

(BOISE) – Veteran school communications professional Allison Westfall will join the State Department of Education team Monday, February 13th, Superintendent Ybarra announced today.

Department Releases Third Year Graduation Rate Under New Calculation Showing Increase

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) released the 2015-2016 graduation rates for each school district and public charter school, Superintendent Sherri Ybarra announced today. The 2015-16 school year statewide graduation rate confirms the percentage of students earning their high school diploma in four years at 79.5%. This is an increase from the 2014-2015 statewide graduation rate of 78.9%, and also from the 2013-2014 baseline statewide graduation rate of 77.3%.

Department Nominates Two Schools for National Blue Ribbon Schools Programs

(BOISE) – Idaho State Department of Education has recently nominated two schools for the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Program. The NBRS Program recognizes schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gaps among student subgroups. Idaho’s two school nominees were submitted in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools. These schools are among the highest performing schools as measured by state assessments.

Department Seeks Summer Food Program Sponsors

(BOISE) – The Child Nutrition Division of the Idaho State Department of Education is seeking partners for this year’s Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals and snacks to children, ages 1-18, who live in low-income areas during the summer months.

Superintendent Ybarra Offers Open House to Show Idaho's Educational Return on Investment

(BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Education will be offering a public open house on Monday, January 23rd, Superintendent Ybarra announced today. The open house will be held on the 2nd floor of the capitol rotunda from 9AM – 1PM allowing the public to see their return on investment for supporting educational programs for students across the state.

Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) Information Now Available Following Intent to Award to Istation

(BOISE) – Superintendent Ybarra announced today, following a thorough request for proposal (RFP) process, that proposal documentation associated with the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) has gone through the proper redaction process and is now being made available to the public. Following the public notification of the intent to award letter provided to Istation, the department thoroughly reviewed over 2,000 pages of proposal information to ensure that the information was properly made public.