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Idaho earns D-plus on report card

Idaho recently earned a pretty poor record. At least according to Education Week’s annual grading of states’ K-12 education

In the Quality Counts 2016 report released in January, Education Week focused on school accountability. This is the 20th annual Quality Counts report. Idaho earned a D-plus overall and finished 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Idaho state’s overall grade is the average of its scores in three separate categories: chance for success, school finance and achievement.

Idaho scored 67.9 out of 100 points, earning the D-plus. The nation as a whole earned a C grade.

Idaho earned a C in the chance-for-success category, ranking 34th. In school finance, Idaho received an F, ranking 49th, while in K-12 achievement, Idaho finished 31st.

Massachusetts was at the top of the list this year with a score of 86.8 and the only B-plus awarded. Rounding out the top states were New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Minnesota and New York. On the opposite end of the grading scale, Nevada ranked last, with a grade of D and a score of 65.2.

The Education Week Research Center conducted an analysis of student achievement and the report highlights results from 2003 to 2015. It examines achievement, poverty-based gaps and trends over time.

To view the entire report:

Idaho’s graduation rate

Idaho’s graduation rate tied for 41st in the nation in 2013-14, according to new numbers released recently by the U.S. Department of Education.

Idaho’s graduation rate came in at 77.3 percent; the national rate was 82.3 percent.

The state’s 77.3 percent figure isn’t new; the State Department of Education released this report in March. Idaho’s high school graduation rate beats out only eight states and the District of Columbia. In 2013-14, for the first time, Idaho calculated its graduation rate using a federal formula that tracks students from ninth grade and through the final high school year.

For the 2013-14 school year, Mountain View School District 244 had an overall listed graduation rate of 73.7 percent. This includes Grangeville High with a rate of 80 percent, and Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia with a 57.6 percent. No other schools in Idaho County or Kamiah have rates that are listed on the state website for 2014 and earlier.

Rates for 2014-15, using a new reporting system, were released Feb. 12 with results as follows: Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (Prairie High School) with a 90.323 percent graduate rate; Mountain View School District 244 with an overall 87.64 percent rate (GHS at 91.228 percent and CVHS at 81.25 percent); Kamiah Joint School District 304 (Kamiah High School) at a 65.385 percent rate; and Highland Joint School District 305 (located in Craigmont) with an 87.5 percent rate. The state rate was at 78.9 percent overall. Again, Salmon River (Riggins) and Nezperce high schools are not listed due to special redaction rules.


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