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Idaho Education

Profile for Idaho Education and Schools


Idaho Education

Idaho State Department of Education

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Tom Luna

District/School Information

Length of School Year: Idaho law requires a minimum number of hours each year per grade level. 990 hours for grades 9-12. 900 hours for grades 4-8. 810 hours for grades 1-3. 450 hours for kindergarten. 900 hours for alternative schools (any grades).

Number of Public School Districts: There are 116 public school districts in Idaho.

Number of Public Schools: There are 774 public schools in Idaho. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 279,873 public school students in Idaho. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 15,990 public school teachers in Idaho.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 46 charter schools in Idaho.

Per Pupil Spending: Idaho spends $6,810 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Idaho is 17.5 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 77.3% of schools in Idaho are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 9.6% of students in Idaho are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 5.4% of students in Idaho are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 48.5% of student in Idaho schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 78.0%

Black: 1.0%

Hispanic: 16.2%

Asian: 1.3%

Pacific Islander: 0.3%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1.3%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 84.0% of all students entering high school in Idaho graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 190.1 students per 1000 in Idaho had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 286 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Idaho. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 270 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Idaho. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 45.1 % of students in Idaho go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 112 private schools in Idaho.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 11,818 private school students in Idaho.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Idaho was $45,003.33 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of Idaho negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Idaho provided by the Homedale Public Schools District


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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