July 18, 2017
Idaho is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.
It’s really a great opportunity for Idaho because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to Idaho’s students, Idaho’s teachers and Idaho’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by Washington.
The choices Idaho makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.
This is great news – but it also means that Idaho leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.
Education leaders and policymakers in Idaho are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.
Luckily for Idaho, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that Idaho is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for Idaho — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.
Now, we need to make sure that Idaho’s policymakers know about these great resources.
Idaho kids are smart. Idaho teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make Idaho a leader in education.
Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.