Spelling it Out

This series aims to break down complex terms, ideas, and jargon in education and become a resource for taxpayers, educators, parents, and students.

Spelling it out: Bonds and Levies

If you’re an Idaho voter, chances are that you’ve seen bonds and levies on the ballot at some point – or will in the future. And if so, that means the local school district is asking taxpayers like you to supplement its state and federal dollars with property taxes. Ultimately, it’s up to local patrons […]

Spelling it Out: A tutorial on teacher evaluations

Idaho administrators are required to evaluate all teachers every year. These evaluations matter because they are tied to tax dollars – teachers must earn a proficient or distinguished rating to be eligible for raises. And the more teachers who score high marks, the more money the state gives a district for salaries. Historically, nearly all […]

Spelling it Out: Types of Schools

INSIDE: Read the definitions for the different types of schools in Idaho from charters to alternative to community schools.

Spelling it Out: How traditional public schools are governed

A complex web of agencies and individuals oversees what happens in Idaho classrooms — this guide helps make sense of it all.

Spelling it Out: Standardized Tests

Standardized tests in Idaho make quite the alphabet soup: There’s ISAT, IRI, AP, SAT, PSAT and NAEP exams.