Mastery Education

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All Idaho students have the right to an education that ensures they are college and career ready when they step out into today’s world.

Mastery-based education gives students the chance to use meaningful content in ways that encourage deeper levels of learning so they acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for success in the 21st century. When students demonstrate that they are proficient under rigorous expectations, they take greater ownership and responsibility for learning. This helps educators and students eliminate false assumptions about learning that is associated with points, percentages, and grades.

House Bill 110, passed by the Idaho Legislature during the 2015 session, directed the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) to move Idaho towards a mastery-based education model. This model will move students away from the current time-based system to a mastery-based system to allow for a more personalized and differentiated learning experience. Mastery Education (ME) requires focus on explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that will empower students and prepare them for the 21st Century (Idaho Code §33-1632).

In response to H 110, the following activities are in progress for the initial move to a mastery education system:


  1. Conduct a statewide awareness campaign to promote understanding and interest in mastery-based education for teachers, administrators, parents, students, business leaders, and policymakers.
  2. Establish a committee of educators to identify roadblocks and possible solutions in implementing mastery education and develop recommendations for the incubator process.
  3. Facilitate the planning and development of an incubator process and assessments of local education agencies (LEAs) to identify the initial cohort of up to 20 LEAs that make up the Idaho Mastery Education Network (IMEN), to serve as incubators in fiscal year 2017.

Mastery Education ensures all students have access to a learner-centered experience where
student success is the only option.

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Three Creek School District

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Venture High School
Coeur d’Alene School District

Silver Creek Alternative High School Logo

Silver Creek Alternative HS
Blaine School District


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Nampa School District

North Valley Academy Charter School Logo

North Valley Academy CS
Gooding

American Heritage Charter School Logo

American Heritage CS
Idaho Falls


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Meadow Valley School District

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Moscow School District

Rocky Mountain Middle School Logo

Rocky Mountain MS
Bonneville School District


West Ada Academy Logo

West Ada Academy
West Ada District

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Meridian Technical CHS
West Ada District

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Wilder School District


Notus School District

Notus School District

Rivervue Academy

Rivervue Academy
Vallivue School District

The Children’s Place

Salmon Junior-Senior HS
Salmon School District


The Atlas Alternative School

The Atlas Alternative School
Middleton School District

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Union High School
Nampa School District

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Indian Creek and Ross Elementary
Kuna School District


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Kuna Middle School
Kuna School District

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Initial Point Alternative HS
Kuna School District

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Clark Fork Jr. and Sr. HS
Lake Pend Oreille School District


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