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Monday, April 6, 2015

Lawmakers OK state science, math, tech, engineering office

The Idaho Statesman – The Associated Press

“Idaho lawmakers have approved a new state office intended to coordinate efforts by schools and industry to promote science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM Action Center is getting two full-time staffers and nearly $540,000 to launch, according to a plan approved by the state’s powerful budget-writing committee on Thursday. Coeur d’Alene Sen. Bob Nonini, one of the sponsors of the original legislation, told The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington, (http://bit.ly/1NGwrtj ) that he was extremely pleased now that the legislation has won the support of both houses and had funding allocated by the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee. The STEM Action Center will operate as a state office under Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, with the goal of identifying and coordinating best practices for STEM education in state schools. “Now we need to go out and find ourselves a great executive director,” Nonini said. “It’s going to take a unique person — someone with some salesmanship and some STEM knowledge.” The center will also coordinate professional development efforts for teachers, work with industry officials on workforce needs and opportunities and coordinate STEM-related competitions, camps and more. A nine-member board of education and business leaders will oversee the work of the agency.”(more)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Complications of Educational Returns in Rural America

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“The latest paper from ROCI, our rural ed-reform task force, is a totally fascinating study of the economic “return on schooling,” how much do individuals in a given location benefit financially from higher educational attainment. Although it focuses on Idaho, its lessons are applicable everywhere. In “Economic Returns to Education in Idaho,” Paul A. Lewin and Willem J. Braak begin by calculating that, in the US, an additional year of education currently provides an average return of about 7.7 percent for full-time workers. Good news for sure, but things get more and more interesting the deeper you dig. Between 1929 and 1977, Idaho’s per capita income was near the national average. The recessions of the early 1980s and late 2000s briefly decreased the state’s income level, and the recoveries never returned the state to its original growth path. By 2014, Idaho’s per-capita income was one of the nation’s lowest. Is education the cause? Idaho ranks 46th in the nation in the percentage of high school students going on to college, and its graduation rate from four-year institutions of higher education is among the lowest in the nation.”(more)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Controversial new exams are coming to Idaho schools. How will they affect education?

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

” The tests are billed as more demanding than the exams students took in previous years, because they set higher knowledge bars and require students to analyze and show their work. That’s much different than the old Idaho Standards Achievement Tests, which were multiple choice. As a result, state education leaders don’t want Idahoans to expect much when results come out later this spring. They expect lower scores. “The standards are quite a bit more rigorous, and because of that I think there will be some struggles,” said Leora White, an eighth-grade algebra teacher at Nampa’s Lone Star Middle School. “I don’t think that we will have as many students proficient as we did before. But the kids know that.” The Common Core test covers math and English language arts. State education leaders anticipate that 33 percent to 39 percent of students will meet or exceed the standards in math, and 38 percent to 41 percent will meet or exceed them in English. Under the old ISAT, proficiency rates ranged between 80 percent and 90 percent.”(more)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Idaho schools struggle to find teachers

The Idaho Statesman – JULIE WOOTTON AND BILL ROBERTS

“Many schools in the Magic Valley and other parts of Idaho are searching hard for instructors. To hire an unlicensed one, they must show that all attempts to hire a certified teacher failed. The Idaho Department of Education says hiring unlicensed teachers is for “emergency situations.” But more schools are relying on them to ensure that they have enough people to staff their classrooms.” (more)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chobani Gets Nod for USDA’s School Yogurt Program

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Upstate New York’s Chobani has been chosen by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt for a school lunch pilot program being launched in seven states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and New York, this fall.” (more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

House education panel passes parental rights bill

Education Week – AP

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee have approved a bill that says parents have both a right and an obligation to participate in their child’s education.”(more)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Idaho One of Five States to Receive a STEM Education Grant

The Idaho State Journal – Journal Staff

“One of only five states to receive, the Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) in STEM Careers grant has been awarded to Idaho, according to Complete College America officials.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Idaho students are scared of science and math

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“Recent University of Idaho research indicates that getting and holding the interest of students in STEM is a complicated, nuanced undertaking. It is influenced by teachers, school counselors, parents, gender, career perceptions and locale.”(more)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Idahoans raise objections to Common Core standards

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“The new education standards draw suspicion among those who say they don’t measure up to students’ needs.” (more)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Goldman Sachs to Finance Early Education Program

Dealbook – NY Times – William Alden

“Goldman Sachs is making its second foray into an experimental method of financing social services, lending up to $4.6 million for a childhood education program in Salt Lake City. This “social impact bond,” in which Goldman stands to make money if the program is successful but will lose its investment if it fails, will support a preschool program intended to reduce the need for special education and remedial services. The upshot, in theory, is that taxpayers will not have to bear the upfront cost of the program.”(more)