Idaho State Department of Education

Idaho State Department of Education


A brand new chapter and a whole year of opportunities to learn and grow! Happy New Year, Idaho!

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Ryder Koch, a senior at Post Falls High School, donated money from his own small business this holiday season to help give bicycles to those in need! Ryder started a small videography business in 2017 - this year he sold crewnecks featuring his brand logo and ended up raising $500 to donate to the Lake City Bicycle Collective. The executive director of the nonprofit, Tom Morgan, said the donation will supply around 20 bikes to those in need. Great job, Ryder!
Bridget McNamee, a member of Supt. Ybarra's Student Advisory Council, and her sister Lillian, a member of the CDA Schools' Elementary Student Advisory Group, are using their influence to raise awareness around dyslexia and increase access to resources for students with dyslexia! The issue is very near and dear to the sisters' hearts - Lillian has dyslexia. These two young Idahoans are making a big difference locally and at the state level - great work!
Beautiful wintry shot of the State Capitol Building! Be safe out there, Idaho!
Deary Junior-Senior High School is using federal pandemic relief dollars to fund a tutoring program staffed mostly by students! The program is being implemented to address pandemic-related learning loss, which schools across Idaho and the nation continue to grapple with. This new program has significantly reduced failing grades according to Kendrick Jared (Whitepine Joint School District Superintendent and Deary High School Principal) and the tutors (predominantly students) get paid for their work in the program!

Read more in this Lewiston Tribune article:
Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is quoted in this Education Week article, saying, "We want to make sure we are connecting parents and students and teachers with the right tools and the right resources to get them the help that they need. I don’t think there is any other way to talk about this. It is not a blue issue. It is not a red issue.”
Opportunity for educators! The Idaho Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) is hosting a virtual webinar on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia with Dr. Kim Zeydel on January 18, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm MT! The webinar is free to ICTM members and $10 for non-members. Sign up at
Congratulations to the four teachers honored with the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching this year, Mike Brushafer from Canyon Springs High School in the Caldwell School District; James LeDoux from Renaissance High School in the West Ada School District; Jake Miller from North Junior High in the Boise School District; and Lisa Sterling from Hillside Junior High in the Boise School District!

This is an honor awarded every year by the Boise State University College of Education and the Lee Pesky Learning Center to recognize extraordinary teachers who ignite a fire in their students at some point to become a teacher themselves!

Each awardee was surprised in their classroom and presented with a plaque by their principal. The award includes $2,000 for each teacher and $500 for their school. The winners were nominated by a graduating senior in the Boise State College of Education - seniors choose those who have inspired them to seek their own careers in education!

Read more:
Join our team! We are seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Human Resource Officer (Human Resource Director). Recruitment closes Jan. 5; apply here:

The principal function of this position is to plan, develop, and administer a comprehensive human resource program for the SDE. The incumbent provides human resource management consultation, input on employee actions, and provides agency-wide human resource support. The position develops and administers SDE policies and procedures on employee hiring, training, and supervision, and performs related work. The position may directly supervise subordinate positions. As a secondary function, this position coordinates facilities management and agency-wide security measures, and provides related information to executive management and staff. This position also serves as the agency’s coordinator and representative for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires government agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. This is a full time position serving under an appointment of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please see the job posting with more details on the position responsibilities and qualifications.
8-year-old J getting his Christmas wish of playing on a basketball team❤

J showed up to last week's basketball game to watch with his family, but was surprised with a jersey before joining the Madison Varsity Basketball team on the court! Head on over to the Madison School District #321 page to see video, and get ready for the happy tears☺
Merry Christmas from Superintendent Ybarra and all of us here at the State Dept. of Education!

We want to give another big "congratulations" to the student winners of our Holiday Art Contest, overall winner Oliver Hedrick, Kindergarten winner Alyse Arial, first-grade winner Sri Avanthika, second-grade winner Alayna Belnap, third-grade winner Liam Clifford, fourth-grade winner Sam Green, and sixth-grade winner Birklee Burtenshaw! Oliver's artwork was printed on our holiday card and all of the art is on our website!
Our office is closed today, Dec. 23, and tomorrow, Dec. 24! We'll be back on Monday, Dec. 27th! Merry Christmas!

We at the State Department of Education are determined to create a customer-driven education system

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Timeline photos 04/01/2022

April is National School Library Month! This is a special time to celebrate the vital role school libraries play in supporting student learning, and to celebrate our school librarians' knowledge, dedication, and resourcefulness! Celebrating can be as simple as thanking your school librarian or checking out a great book!

More ideas and resources for schoolwide or community-wide celebrations can be found via the American Association of School Librarians website:


Cheers to a great legislative session for Idaho education
By Sherri Ybarra
Superintendent of Public Instruction

Effective collaborations with a wide range of lawmakers, boosted by the energy and ideas of my new Student Advisory Council, made this year’s session of the Idaho Legislature my favorite yet – and a great success for K-12 education.

Highlights include a historic level of investment and newly signed bills that meet my priorities for the session, from improving pay for teachers and school staff to enhancing civics standards and improving early literacy.

One new law increases total early literacy funding from $26 million to $72.8 million, opening up options and opportunities for districts to develop literacy intervention programs that best support their students and meet local needs. That includes offering optional full-day kindergarten, one of my goals for this session. I particularly appreciate that the new law prioritizes services for economically disadvantaged students.

Another of my early literacy objectives was met through a new law to establish statewide dyslexia screening, intervention and teacher training. It is essential to detect and address characteristics of this learning disability early so that all Idaho students are on an even playing field, learning to read so they can read to learn.

This session also brought great news for the hard-working Idaho educators who have soldiered through two years of pandemic disruptions and challenges without losing their passion for education and commitment to their students. They are the epitome of essential workers.

In November, I asked for $1,000 bonuses for our teachers and support staff, and that is happening as we speak. For next school year, classified staff are getting a 7 percent pay boost, and the Legislature fully funded the teachers’ career ladder for fiscal 2023 and provided an additional $36.5 million in educator compensation.

All in all, the state’s investment in public schools is historic -- an increase of more than $256 million from the state general fund appropriated a year ago. That brings next year’s general fund appropriation to $2.3 billion.

Along with much-needed funding, this session brought me a renewed appreciation for our system of government and for the interconnections between its branches. And much of that appreciation came through the eyes of my first Student Advisory Council, 13 students in grades 4 through 12 from every region of the state.

They examined key issues, attended House and Senate Education committee meetings and met with the governor. They conducted mock legislative sessions, and two of them – ninth grader Audrey Harmon of Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene fourth-grader Bridget McNamee – testified at actual legislative hearings, advocating for bills that are now law.

My meetings with the advisory council, along with visits to high school government and history classes across Idaho, inspired my proposal to put statewide emphasis on students’ understanding of civics. The resolution I co-sponsored with legislators drew overwhelming support, and it will guide my department’s efforts to create stand-alone civics standards as part of the regularly scheduled review and revision of Idaho’s social studies content standards.

The goal is to make civics standards – what students are expected to learn at each grade level – easier for educators and parents to access and understand. I plan to do the same thing with the standards for financial literacy, another part of the social studies standards set for review this year – and, like civics, an important part of becoming responsible adults.

Other Idaho content standards – for English language arts, math and science – were thoroughly reviewed and rewritten by educators and other stakeholders over the past two years, and they now will replace the controversial “common core” standards first enacted in 2011. That is thanks to strong support from many Idaho legislators who served on the standards working groups and advocated for the new standards to become law.

That happened last week, and seven lawmakers from both parties and differing points of view gathered with me at the Statehouse to celebrate this achievement. It was a great moment near the end of a session marked by collaboration, cooperation and commitment to education. I am grateful to all who worked with my department to accomplish our shared goals to help Idaho schools and students achieve.


Music education + PE in the Kuna Jt. School District No. 3! Music Teacher Jen Sanders and P.E. Teacher Julia Hames teamed up to teach students a traditional Philippine folk dance called tinikling!

Timeline photos 03/31/2022

Finish the school year strong! Free, online tutoring is available to students 13+ through!, from the founder of Khan Academy, offers sessions in Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics and SAT prep! Get started:

Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is a proud partner and supporter in providing this vital service to students: "I’m excited about this opportunity, especially since it comes from a proven source that Idaho teachers and families already trust – Sal Khan, whose Khan Academy provides a wealth of free online classes for millions of students at home and in classrooms throughout Idaho, the nation, and the world,” Supt. Ybarra said.

Ridge Crest Elementary School 2021-22 03/30/2022

These two amazing Idaho students spent some of their spring break cleaning up around their school's playground! Great job, guys, and great community spirit!

How did you spend your spring break? Jackson and Milo spent the time picking up garbage from their school playground! Thanks guys!

Photos from Idaho State Department of Education's post 03/30/2022

Round of applause for these two incredible Idaho high school choirs! Vallivue High School's Advanced Women's Choir and Encore, Timberline High School's Choir, performed at the American Choral Directors Association's 2022 Northwest Conference, an event showcasing the best choirs from high schools, colleges, professional/church and community choirs from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming!

"There are only 15 choirs, and only 4 high school choirs selected from all of these states," said Timberline High School Choir Director Sean Kane. "We don't have state championship competitions in the choir world, but this is the closest thing we have for our activity. In athletic terms this would be a state championship level event!"

Congratulations to Encore and Vallivue High School's Advanced Women's Choir, and great work!

Vallivue School District Boise School District

Timeline photos 03/29/2022

There are 20 spots left for individuals working to support K-12 education to get FREE registration to the Idaho Prevention and Support Conference! Make sure to register by March 31! To receive the free code, complete this short survey:

The Idaho Prevention and Support Conference, an annual event aimed at supporting student health & well-being. This conference is a great opportunity for teachers, counselors, administrators, school resources officers, school nurses, education stakeholders, youth development practitioners, community coalitions, law enforcement, juvenile justice, child welfare professionals, and advocates for youth and parents! More information about the conference is available via the registration link:

Timeline photos 03/29/2022

The D.L. Evans Bank Scholarship awards a total of $32,000 to high school seniors in their service areas (Idaho & N. Utah) each year! Sixteen $2,000 scholarships are awarded and students are able to use the funds at any accredited college, university, or trade school located in the United States. Check out the details here (scroll to middle of page):

Applications are due April 11th! Students who apply for the D.L. Evans Bank scholarship are also automatically entered in the D.L. Evans Foundation Scholarship, which awards $1,100 to three recipients to use at any accredited college, university, or trade school located in the United States!

Timeline photos 03/29/2022

Community members in and around Glenns Ferry, Kimberly, and Marsing are invited to join a local screening of "No Letting Go". "No Letting Go" was made in an effort to create community conversations, end the silence caused by blame and shame, build awareness and understanding, and let families know they are not alone when it comes to untreated childhood mental health disorders. The screening will be followed by a Q & A session where attendees can learn more about the Parent Support Network and opportunities for caregivers to receive support locally.

Dates & Locations:

Glenns Ferry, ID Screening: April 5 from 6-8:30 PM
Glenns Ferry Schools Library
639 N Bannock St, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623

Kimberly, ID Screening: April 6 from 6-8:30 PM
Kimberly Middle School Commons
525 Center St E, Kimberly, ID 83341

Marsing, ID Screening: April 11 from 6-8:30 PM
Marsing Joint School District #363 Hub
205 S 8th Ave W, Marsing, ID 83639

The screening and refreshments will be provided by the Idaho AWARE Project. Film and question-and-answer session will be facilitated by the Youth Mental Health Project.

Kimberly School District

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