- Idaho’s plan is built on high-quality standards and assessments and a straightforward set of indicators, and the plan intends to celebrate its highest-performing schools. Notably, the state attempts to provide multiple avenues to success through both current performance and improvement over time.
- Idaho appears to have invested considerable effort into its school improvement plan. The plan includes detailed descriptions of the types of resources that will be available to districts, such as an on-site review process and a comprehensive list of supports, but it will be up to districts to take advantage of them.
- Idaho’s decision not to use a summative rating for schools, and the fact that schools will be held accountable for either achievement or growth on each indicator, could make it extremely challenging for parents to compare performance across schools. Moreover, Idaho’s chosen method for measuring growth does not actually track individual students over time, and a school could be given credit for making “growth” even if no individual students were actually making progress.
- Idaho missed opportunities to broaden the lens of what makes for a successful school. For example, while Idaho will test students in science and pays for all high school students to take the SAT, it does not plan to add those results to its school rating system.
- Finally, although the plan includes a comprehensive list of optional supports, it does not appear that Idaho will employ the kind of transformative interventions that are likely necessary to turn around the very lowest-performing schools.