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Idaho State Board of Education Policies and Procedures
Last Updated: 2015 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

The Idaho State Board of Education encourages the use of Advanced Placement tests to attract good students and encourages AP programs for Idaho's high school students. Credit for prior learning, which includes AP, may be granted only at the undergraduate level. Each institution should establish its own policies and procedures for evaluating and awarding prior learning credit, subject to the general board policies and the policies of the Commission on Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Idaho state law also provides 11th and 12th grade public school students with the opportunity to enroll in dual enrollment courses at postsecondary institutions. Dual enrollment courses may be taught by a secondary teacher or a postsecondary instructor and may be offered at a secondary school or another location. The school district should provide counseling services to students and their parents before the students enroll in college courses and should provide general information about the program to all 10th and 11th grade students. State law limits participation to two years for 11th grade students and one year for 12th grade students. Students may earn secondary credit, postsecondary credit, or dual credit but must designate which they wish to earn at the time of enrollment. The secondary credits granted to a student must be counted toward the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district. The school district may make payments or partial payments to postsecondary institutions for courses taken for secondary credit but not for courses taken for postsecondary credit only. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Idaho Code 33-1620 - Mastery Advancement Pilot Program
Idaho Code 33-1621 - Program Participants
Idaho Code 33-1622 - Program Assessment - Student Assessment
Idaho Code 33-1623 - Student Advancement - Concurrent Enrollment - Early Graduation - Mastery Advancement Scholarship - Residual Savings
Idaho State Board of Education Governing Policies and Procedures Section III-L - Continuing Education and Credit for Prior Learning

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Idaho Code 33-1620 - Mastery Advancement Pilot Program
Idaho Code 33-1621 - Program Participants
Idaho Code 33-1622 - Program Assessment - Student Assessment
Idaho Code 33-1623 - Student Advancement - Concurrent Enrollment - Early Graduation - Mastery Advancement Scholarship - Residual Savings
Idaho Code 33-1623 - Student Advancement - Concurrent Enrollment - Early Graduation - Mastery Advancement Scholarship - Residual Savings

Idaho Code 33-1624 - Courses of Instruction - Rules
Idaho Code 33-1626 - Courses of Instruction - Dual Credit for Early Completers
Idaho Code 33-1626 - Courses of Instruction - Dual Credit for Early Completers

Idaho Code 33-1628 - Courses of Instruction - 8 in 6 Program

Idaho Code 33-5101 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Purpose
Idaho Code 33-5102 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-5102 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Definitions

Idaho Code 33-5103 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Authorization - Notification
Idaho Code 33-5103 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Authorization - Notification

Idaho Code 33-5104 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Counseling
Idaho Code 33-5104 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Counseling

Idaho Code 33-5105 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Dissemination Of Information - Notification Of Intent To Enroll
Idaho Code 33-5105 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Dissemination Of Information - Notification Of Intent To Enroll

Idaho Code 33-5106 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Limit on Participation
Idaho Code 33-5106 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Limit on Participation

Idaho Code 33-5107 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Enrollment Priority
Idaho Code 33-5107 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Enrollment Priority

Idaho Code 33-5108 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Courses According to Agreements
Idaho Code 33-5109 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Credits
Idaho Code 33-5110 - Postsecondary Enrollment Options - Financial Arrangements
Idaho Code 67-5745D - Idaho Education Network

Financial Assistance

Idaho Code 33-1628 - Courses of Instruction - 8 in 6 Program

International Baccalaureate

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

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ADULT LEARNERS

The Idaho Adult Basic Education program is funded under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998 and is administered in Idaho by the Division of Professional-Technical Education. Funding is currently distributed to the six technical colleges in Idaho who then provide instruction at the local level. All providers are required to participate in a competitive application process in order to receive funding. Idaho ABE did not run a new competition for FY 2012-13 due to budget restraints. The mission of the Idaho Adult Basic Education Program is to provide quality, sustained instruction in reading, writing, math, and the English language, to help adults function successfully in the 21st century. ABE provides basic skills instruction to adults who fall below a 12th grade level in reading, writing, or math. The Idaho Professional Technical Education office also provides English literacy classes. Various technical colleges, state universities, and the Idaho Department of Corrections oversee the ABE program at the local level. Idaho statute (Idaho Code 33-3727) affords adult students the opportunity to earn academic college credit for education, training, or service completed during their time as a member of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, or the military reserves of any state. The Idaho State Board of Education also awards college credit for prior learning for knowledge acquired from work and life experiences, mass media, independent reading and study, Advanced Placement, the College Level Examination Program, challenge courses, and competency testing. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Basic Education/Literacy

Idaho Code 33-1607 - Americanization Education of Adults

Adult Learners, Funding

Idaho Code 33-2406 - Postsecondary and Proprietary Schools - Surety Bond

Adult Learners, General Policy

Idaho Code 54-808 - Regulations for Schools

Adult Workforce Education and Training

Idaho Code 33-2202 - State Board for Professional-Technical Education - Powers and Duties

Credit for Prior Learning

Idaho Code 33-3727 - Military Education, Training and Service - Award of Academic Credit - Development of Policies
Idaho State Board of Education Governing Policies and Procedures Section III-L - Continuing Education and Credit for Prior Learning

Governance of Adult Education

Idaho Code 33-2202 - State Board for Professional-Technical Education - Powers and Duties
Idaho Code 33-512 - Governance of Schools

Military/Veterans Education

Idaho Code 33-3727 - Military Education, Training and Service - Award of Academic Credit - Development of Policies
Idaho Code 67-2620 - Military Education Training and Service - Qualifications for Licensure, Certification or Registration
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

Several policies related to articulation and transfer were developed by the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE), and have been in place since the 1980s. Many of these policies have been updated to reflect the addition of the state's newest community college, the College of Western Idaho, in 2007. Board policy allows a student with 14 or more semester hours of transferable baccalaureate-level credits from one college or university and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to be admitted to another four-year institution. SBOE also instructs community colleges in the state to work cooperatively with college and universities to ensure that transfer students have remedied any "high school deficiencies which may have prevented them from entering four-year institutions directly following graduation from high school." Additionally, SBOE's Articulation and Associate Degree Policy, enacted in 2008, states that students who complete requirements for an A.A. or an A.S. degree at an accredited institution in the state will be granted junior standing upon transfer to a four-year public institution in Idaho and will not be required to complete any additional lower-division general education core courses. (Last Updated 2011)

General Education Core

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Idaho Code 33-2107A - Establishment And Operation Of Third And Fourth Year College Curriculum In Junior College Districts
Idaho Code 33-4801 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - Short Title
Idaho Code 33-4802 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - Findings
Idaho Code 33-4803 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-4804 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - State Council For Technology In Learning Created - Membership
Idaho Code 33-4805 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - Evaluations and Audits
Idaho Code 33-4808 - Idaho Educational Technology Initiative - Severability
Idaho Code 33-5501 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Short Title
Idaho Code 33-5502 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Creation - Legislative Findings - Goal
Idaho Code 33-5503 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Academy Board of Directors
Idaho Code 33-5504 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Duties of the Academy of Board of Directors
Idaho Code 33-5504A - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Governmental Entity
Idaho Code 33-5504B - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Expenditures - Budget
Idaho Code 33-5505 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-5506 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Courses - Development - Brokered - Credit - Accreditation
Idaho Code 33-5507 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Registration - Accountability
Idaho Code 33-5508 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Funding
Idaho Code 33-5509 - Idaho Digital Learning Academy - Digital Learning Academy a State Department for Purposes of Risk Management
Idaho Code 67-5745D - Idaho Education Network

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Statewide Articulation Guides

Transfer Agreements

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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Legislative action mandates an annual report to be submitted by each school district reporting on the percentage of students by school who are achieving at or above the appropriate grade level on reading and math assessments, in support of a set of successively higher annual benchmarks for student achievement set forth by the legislature. An annual school accountability report card reports by school or district on a series of accountability measures including test scores, progress toward reducing drop-out rates, increasing graduation rate, estimated expenditures per student, reduction of teachers assigned outside their subject area, and others. Idaho's six colleges and universities are directed to incorporate academic assessment as an integral part of existing program review procedures and to utilize multiple assessment strategies to measure student learning in both general education and departmental major outcomes. Given the diversity of institutional roles and missions, student populations, assessment strategies and sampling techniques, the Board specifically directs that such assessments not be used to compare institutions, evaluate teachers, or to eliminate positions, programs or departments. (Last updated 2008)

Comprehensive Initiative

Idaho Code 33-133 - Definitions -- Student Data -- Use and Limitations -- Penalties

Development of Improved Information Systems

Idaho Code 33-133 - Definitions -- Student Data -- Use and Limitations -- Penalties

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Idaho Code 33-1616 - Courses of Instruction - Evaluations and Interventions
Idaho Code 33-4501 - School Accountability Report Card
Idaho Code 33-4502 - School District Requirements
Idaho Code 33-5209A - Accountability (Charter Schools)

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Anti-discrimination

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FINANCE

The State Board of Education may prescribe fees, including tuition, defined as the fee charged for any and all educational costs, for resident and nonresident students enrolled in all state colleges and universities other than the University of Idaho. The University of Idaho may charge matriculation fees to residents; however, tuition, defined as the fee charged for the cost of instruction at the colleges and universities, may only be charged to nonresident, full-time and part-time students enrolled in any degree-granting program and to professional-technical education students enrolled in pre-employment, preparatory programs. The Board of Regents for the University of Idaho sets tuition rates for nonresident students and matriculation fees for resident students. In each community college, the board of trustees sets community college tuition and various fees by August 1 each year. The tuition for resident, full-time students cannot be less than 350 per year, and may only be increased by increments of up to 10 percent to a maximum tuition of 1,250 per year. Community college tuition for non-resident students is set at a level that covers the annual costs of all elements of providing the courses of instruction. The State Board of Education and the board of regents of the University of Idaho may determine when to grant a full or partial waiver of fees or tuition charged to nonresident students pursuant to reciprocal agreements with other states. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Fee-Specific Policies

Idaho Code 33-3717A - Fees at State Colleges and Universities Other than the University of Idaho

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Idaho Code 33-2110 - Junior Colleges - Tuition
Idaho Code 33-2137 - Junior Colleges - Imposition and Collection of Student Fees and Charges
Idaho Code 33-2141 - Junior Colleges - Disbursement of Funds - Method - Funds Disbursed Not Considered in Fixing Tuition
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Idaho's remedial/developmental education policy is fairly general, but requires institutions to establish mechanisms for diagnostic testing in English, reading, math, and natural sciences, and to provide opportunities for corrective measures. The policy also distinguishes between developmental and remedial education. The policy indicates that students with deficiencies should be limited in the number of credits taken in their first semester, and be provided with special support and advisement services tailored to meet their specific needs. Institutions are encouraged to determine the feasibility of developing individualized approaches using technology as an alternative delivery system. The State Board of Education's postsecondary admissions policy indicates cut scores on ACT, SAT and COMPASS exams for placement into college-level courses. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Placement Examinations and Placement of Students in Remedial Courses

Remedial Credits Counting Towards Graduation and Full-Time Status

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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are set in the state legislature. The most influential factor in determining residency is in-state domicile, whether it is that of the student or his or her parent(s). To qualify for resident classification, the student or parents must have established one continuous year of residence in Idaho. Members of the armed forces who are stationed in Idaho and their dependents, and members of the Idaho National Guard are eligible for resident tuition benefits. Resident tuition benefits are extended to members of specific Idaho Native American Indian tribes whose reservations lie in within the state, regardless of their current domicile. Resident tuition benefits are not extended to students without legal immigration status. If a person from out-of-state establishes domicile in Idaho, he or she must provide evidence that he or she is in Idaho for purposes other than educational and has no intention to return to another state in order to qualify for resident tuition benefits. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

Idaho Code 33-2110B - Residency -- Rules -- Appeal -- Standards for Nonresidents

Idaho Code 33-3717B - Residency Requirements

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

Idaho Code 33-3717B - Residency Requirements

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Idaho Code 33-2110B - Residency - Rules - Appeal - Standards for nonresidents
Idaho Code 33-3717B - Residency Requirements
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Idaho State Board of Education administers various need and non-need based student aid programs. The state's Minority and "At- Risk Student Scholarship Program" is primarily need-based. Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) grants are available. Idaho has a promise scholarship program; the Idaho Governor's Challenge is another merit scholarship. This state has a grow-your-own teacher scholarship program and loan forgiveness program. Idaho has a non-resident tuition reciprocity program with Utah and Washington. The Idaho State Board of Education administers various need and non-need based student aid programs. For the 2005-2006 academic year, the state appropriated 964,000 for need-based aid and 4,460 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Idaho Code 33-1623 - Student Advancement - Concurrent Enrollment - Early Graduation - Mastery Advancement Scholarship - Residual Savings

Idaho Code 33-4301 - Scholarships: Short Title
Idaho Code 33-4302 - Scholarships - State Aid
Idaho Code 33-4302A - Scholarships - Public Safety Officer Dependent Scholarships - State Aid
Idaho Code 33-4303 - Scholarships - Short Title
Idaho Code 33-4304 - Scholarships - Public Policy
Idaho Code 33-4305 - Scholarships - Purposes
Idaho Code 33-4306 - Scholarships - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-4307 - Scholarships - Eligibility - Maximum Amounts - Conditions
Idaho Code 33-4308 - Scholarships - Maximum Number Of Grants
Idaho Code 33-4309 - Scholarships - Remittance in Case of Discontinued Attendance
Idaho Code 33-4310 - Scholarships - Discrimination Prohibited
Idaho Code 33-4311 - Scholarships - Certifications of Enrollment and Termination of Attendance of Grant Recipients
Idaho Code 33-4312 - Scholarships - State Board of Education and Board of Regents of University of Idaho as Administrative Agency
Idaho Code 33-4313 - Scholarships - Duties of Board
Idaho Code 33-4314 - Scholarships - Appointment of Administrator and Staff
Idaho Code 33-4315 - Scholarships - No Control of Nonpublic Institutions which Accept Grant Recipients
Idaho Code 33-4601 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act: Short Title
Idaho Code 33-4602 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Public Policy
Idaho Code 33-4603 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Purposes
Idaho Code 33-4604 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-4605 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Eligibility - Maximum Accounts - Conditions
Idaho Code 33-4606 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Duties of Board
Idaho Code 33-4607 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Duties of Participating Institutions
Idaho Code 33-4608 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Relationship of Chapter to Section 67-5909, Idaho Code
Idaho Code 33-5601 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Short Title
Idaho Code 33-5602 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Legislative Intent
Idaho Code 33-5603 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Purposes
Idaho Code 33-5604 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-5605 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Academic and Financial Eligibility
Idaho Code 33-5606 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Application Process
Idaho Code 33-5607 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Selection Process - Amount of Awards - Conditions
Idaho Code 33-5608 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program -Opportunity Scholarship Program Account
Idaho Code 63-3067D - Designation by Taxpayer-- Opportunity Scholarship

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Idaho Code 33-4601 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act: Short Title
Idaho Code 33-4602 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Public Policy
Idaho Code 33-4603 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Purposes
Idaho Code 33-4604 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-4605 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Eligibility - Maximum Accounts - Conditions
Idaho Code 33-4606 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Duties of Board
Idaho Code 33-4607 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Duties of Participating Institutions
Idaho Code 33-4608 - Idaho Minority and At-Risk Student Scholarship Act - Relationship of Chapter to Section 67-5909, Idaho Code
Idaho Code 33-5601 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Short Title
Idaho Code 33-5602 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Legislative Intent
Idaho Code 33-5603 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Purposes
Idaho Code 33-5604 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Definitions
Idaho Code 33-5605 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Academic and Financial Eligibility
Idaho Code 33-5606 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Application Process
Idaho Code 33-5607 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program - Selection Process - Amount of Awards - Conditions
Idaho Code 33-5608 - Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Program -Opportunity Scholarship Program Account

Tuition Savings Plan

Idaho Code 33-5401 - College Savings Program: Definitions
Idaho Code 33-5402 - College Savings Program: State College Savings Program Board - College Savings Program - Powers And Duties
Idaho Code 33-5403 - College Savings Program: Use of Contractor as Account Depository and Manager
Idaho Code 33-5404 - College Savings Program: Program Requirements
Idaho Code 33-5405 - College Savings Program: Taxation to Beneficiary
Idaho Code 33-5406 - College Savings Program: Scholarships And Financial Aid Provisions
Idaho Code 33-5407 - College Savings Program: Limitations of Chapter
Idaho Code 33-5408 - College Savings Program: Annual Report
Idaho Code 33-5409 - College Savings Program: College Savings Fund
Idaho Code 33-5410 - College Savings Program: Unclaimed Accounts
Idaho Code 63-3022 - Adjustments to Taxable Income
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STUDENT RETENTION


Statewide Initiative

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TEACHING QUALITY

Over the past decade, Idaho has continued to struggle to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, especially in rural areas of the state. Idaho has revamped licensure standards to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind and created an effective Highly Objective Uniform State System of Evaluation (HOUSSE) to address licensing requirements of veteran teachers. However, the state continues to face significant challenges. In 2008, the legislature called for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to conduct a study and develop plans that address the challenges of rural schools, including recruitment of qualified teachers. The state also has considered alternative pay plans, but has not yet enacted this reform. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Idaho Code 33-3722 - Student Educational Incentive Loan Forgiveness Contract

Licensure and Certification

Idaho Code 33-1004A - Experience and Education Multiplier
Idaho Code 33-114 - Certification - Courses Of Study - Accreditation
Idaho Code 33-1201 - Teachers: Certificate Required
Idaho Code 33-1202 - Teachers: Eligibility for Certificate
Idaho Code 33-1203 - Accredited Teacher Training Requirements
Idaho Code 33-1204 - Teachers: Validity, Duration, Renewal and Lapse of Certificates
Idaho Code 33-1205 - Certificate Records and Fees
Idaho Code 33-1206 - Teachers: Validity of Existing Certificates
Idaho Code 33-1207 - Teachers: Endorsement and Registration of Certificates
Idaho Code 33-1207A - Teacher Preparation
Idaho Code 33-1208 - Teachers: Revocation, Suspension, Denial, or Place Reasonable Conditions on Certificate - Grounds
Idaho Code 33-1254 - Professional Codes and Standards - Adoption - Publication
Idaho State Board of Education Governing Policies and Procedures Section III-H-6 - Postsecondary Affairs; Official Vehicle for Approval of Teacher Education Programs

Professional Development

Idaho Code 33-1207A - Teacher Preparation
Idaho Code 33-1254 - Professional Codes and Standards - Adoption - Publication

Recruitment

Idaho Code 33-1280 - American Indian Languages Teaching Authorization

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

Idaho Code 33-4104 - Interstate Compact On Qualification Of Educational Personnel

Teacher Preparation

Idaho Code 33-1254 - Professional Codes and Standards - Adoption - Publication
Idaho Code 33-1280 - American Indian Languages Teaching Authorization
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