Parent Resources

Choosing a school is not an insignificant task. We’ve compiled a variety of resources to help you and your family take the guesswork out of education options in Idaho.

 Choosing a School Guide
What makes a great school? Trick question! There’s no one school that’s going to be “good” for every student or family. That’s why, when choosing a school option, it’s so important to make an active choice based on whether a school is high quality, and also whether it is a good fit for your child and family.

 Parents’ Guide to Idaho’s School and Learning Options

One of the most important decisions parents make in their child’s education and development is selecting the school or academic programs that he or she will attend.

We believe that K-12 education should provide personalize opportunities to meet the needs, interests, and skills of individual students so that they can grow and succeed in college and beyond. We are so grateful to live and work in a state where families have an expanding number of options to choose the learning opportunities that best fit their child’s needs.

 Guía De Padres Para las Opciones de Escuela y Aprendizaje en Idaho

Spanish_Bluum_Parents_Guide_Autumn_2016-Final_Page_01-SMCreemos que la educacíon del Kinder hasta el grado 12 debe proveer oportunidades personalizadas para cumplir con las necesidades, los intereses y las habilidades de los estudientes individuales para que ellos puedan crecer y tener éxito en la universidad y más allá. Estamos tan agradecido de vivir y trabajar en un estado donde las familias tienen un número en expansión de opciones para escoger las oportunidades de aprendizaje que so las mejores para las necesidades de sus hijos.

 National School Choice Week
 School choice means giving moms and dads the opportunity to select the best K-12 education environments for their individual kids. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. During National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), millions of Americans will celebrate these effective education options for children. This page is designed to provide answers to questions that many parents have about school choice and National School Choice Week.

 Be a Learning Hero

Your guide with everything from what your child is expected to know this school year, to how you can support your child’s emotional development, to starting the college planning process and more.

You’ve got what it takes — you know your child best. But even superheroes need a team. We’re here to help you along the way — with simple actions to help your child reach his or her goals.

  Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children

Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education.

The early years are a time of remarkable brain growth in children and lay the foundation for subsequent learning and development. Up-front investments in quality care and early education translate into direct returns for the state, our communities and society as a whole. Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education. We achieve our mission through two primary methods: The Idaho STARS Project and READY! For Kindergarten & READ Up Projects.

Advanced Opportunities in Idaho

Advanced Opportunities allow for students to individualize their high school learning plan and get a jump start on their future.

Advanced Opportunities allow for students to individualize their high school learning plan and get a jump start on their future. These options include dual credit, technical competency credit, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs.

Idaho PTECH Network
 PTECHThe Idaho PTECH Network (Pathways To Early Career High School) is a pilot program funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.  Its mission is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho’s high growth industries while giving businesses access to a qualified pipeline of employees.

Our collaboration with educators and employers paves the way for students  to turn theses abilities and interests into the valuable professional-technical skills that will get them a job.

insidetrack-logoCoaching empowers students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in college and beyond. Our cost effective, scalable, multichannel and evidence-based coaching solutions improve student enrollment, retention, completion, satisfaction and career-readiness for every type of student.

 Next Steps Idaho

logo-next-steps-idaho@2xStep by step, grade by grade – learn how to plan and prepare for life beyond high school. Whether you’ve got your sights set on a four-year college, community college, a career technical program, or the military, we’re here to help—every step of the way. No matter where you are along the path to graduation, we’re here to make sure your next step is a cinch.

 Idaho Digital Learning Academy
IDLA LogoIdaho Digital Learning offers a rich assortment of courses including core curriculum, electives, Dual Credit and Advanced Placement. These courses are offered in Cohort, Flex and Hybrid formats to accommodate the student’s schedule and learning style.

 Khan Academy
khan-logo-vertical-transparentKhan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

courseraEvery course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate.

TED logoTED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

 Idaho Public Charter School Commission
Idaho Pub Charter School CommissionThe Public Charter School Commission’s mission is to ensure PCSC-authorized public charter schools’ compliance with Idaho statute, protecting student and public interests by balancing high standards of accountability with respect for the autonomy of public charter schools and implementing best authorizing practices to ensure the excellence of public charter school options available to Idaho families.

Idaho State Department of Education
SDESchool Choice allows parents and families the freedom to choose the method of education that will work best for their children. It allows for meaningful decisions regarding how and where their children will receive their education, whether in the public system or not. It is based on the idea that all children do not learn the same way and may have different needs, interests, or strengths to develop.

Test Score Guide – The ISAT Comprehensive Assessment System


These computer-based tests, which students in grades three through eight and grade ten take each spring, were created to gauge each student’s performance as he or she develops—grade by grade—the skills he or she needs. Students can also take these tests in grades 9 and 11 at each district’s discretion.

This resource is a simple guide to reading and understanding the ISAT Student Score Report.

The skills and information our students are learning are meant to help them graduate ready to go on to college and a successful career. ISAT scores provide one gauge of students’ progress.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
NAPCS LogoThe National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement.

Idaho Ed News
Ed NewsIdaho Education News is a comprehensive collection of online sources that provides information about public education in Idaho. The website,, features stories, news and commentary about education policies and practices and the people who create and implement them. Information also is distributed through social media. Idaho Education News is a public awareness services where parents, patrons, educators and lawmakers can find the most useful information on issues that affect Idaho’s children and their future.

 Idaho Ed Trends

Ed TrendsIdaho Ed Trends provides data in an easy-to-use format about K-12 public education in Idaho.

The information for this site comes from the most recent publicly available data from the Idaho State Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Student Clearinghouse.

Idaho Ed Trends is housed and managed by Idaho Education News, a source for comprehensive journalism about public education policy and practice in Idaho.

The data rely on the same metrics and indicators used to assess state, district, school and student performance. Publically available content is free to all users and available for distribution so long as proper attribution is included and privacy of individuals is protected.