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ReThink Idaho Education Funding
As Idaho and the nation recover from the recent recession, economists are looking for the next driver of sustained growth. One solution is to improve education—and worker skills—in an era where advanced technology and a competitive global economy demand a well-educated and highly trained workforce.
One benchmark embraced by Idaho’s State Board of Education and business leaders is that 60 percent of Idahoans hold a postsecondary degree by 2020. This goal is ambitious and will require a considerable improvement in degree attainment levels.
Just how will Idaho do this? To address this from a fiscal perspective, one must review the current level and nature of Idaho’s investment in K12 education. This fact book addresses essential questions about Idaho’s K12 funding system.View Online Download PDF
We're at a turning point, Idaho
Studies show that nearly one-third of Idaho third graders are not reading at grade level. By eighth grade less than half of Idaho's students are proficient in reading and math. And to make matters worse, Idaho has the worst go on rate in the nation. “We’re at a turning point, Idaho. This is the moment of truth. This is the moment we get to decide exactly what our future will look like.” declares the latest video in the fact-based Don’t Fall Idaho campaign. This ongoing campaign seeks to raise awareness about Idaho’s education challenges, inspire collaboration, and accelerate change towards making Idaho a leader in education.View More
Idaho's college-going rate falls to last place
According to the most recent data available, provided by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Idaho now ranks 50th in the country for the percentage of high school seniors who attend a two- or four-year college or university anywhere in the United States. Only 45.1 percent of Idaho seniors attend a two- or four-year institution after high school, down from 49.1 percent the last time the rate was measured. Idaho previously ranked No. 47 in the same category.View More
Idaho Needs YOU
Nothing is more important than educating Idaho's children so the doors of opportunity are open for them, whatever they choose to do. A well-educated person can take more control over the direction of their lives. A brighter future should be available to every child in Idaho, regardless of zip code, race or income. But Idaho needs to do better to prepare its students for success beyond high school. This conversation is urgent, and it is critical to our children's futures, as we seek to create effective and timely improvements to our education system. Education should be Idaho's number one priority. State and local stakeholders need to be informed to help them drive change. When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January 2014, we hope education will be at the top of their agenda.View More
Jeanne Allen offers insight for transformation
Allen, a national voice on education reform and a senior fellow for the Center for Education Reform, emphasized that for Idahoans to transform education they need to engage parents and use data. She spoke to a packed house during the March Ed Sessions 2.0 event at the Linen Building in Boise. View more for the post-talk Q&A with Allen.View More
Executive Director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Jamie MacMillan says leadership and vision is needed from Idaho leaders to improve an education system that holds our children from realizing their dreams.View More
Cost of college
Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at Pew, says it's pretty much case closed when it comes to the benefits of going to college. "In a modern, knowledge-based economy, the only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college," he says. Here are the numbers: Those with a college degree now make $17,500 more per year than those without — a wage gap that's doubled in recent decades. Those without a degree are four times more likely to be unemployed.View More
'Red' states model for preschool access?
With a growing body of research pointing to the importance of early child development and its effect on later academic and social progress, enrollment in state-funded preschool has more than doubled since 2002, to about 30 percent of all 4-year-olds nationwide. In just the past year, Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana and the city of San Antonio have enacted new or expanded programs, while in dozens of other places, mayors, governors and legislators are making a serious push for preschool. (photo courtesy New York Times)View More
IBM: The Classroom Will Learn You
In the next five years, IBM believes teachers will use “longitudinal data” such as test scores, attendance, and student behavior on electronic learning platforms — and not just the results of aptitude tests. Sophisticated analytics delivered over the cloud will help teachers make decisions about which students are at risk, their roadblocks, and the way to help them. IBM is working on a research project with the Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, the 14th largest school district in the U.S. with 170,000 students. The goal is to increase the district’s graduation rate. And after a $10 billion investment in analytics, IBM believes it can harness big data to help students out.View More
Americans Still See College As Important
Seven in 10 American adults believe that a college education is very important, up significantly since the 1970s and 1980s. In 1978, when Gallup first asked the question as part of a Phi Delta Kappa survey, just 36% of Americans considered a college education to be very important.View More
Future of Learning
Can information and communication technology (ICT) redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression.View More
Don’t Fail Idaho is working in three main areas of focus:Informed Conversation:
This campaign is not political. It does not seek to point fingers at individuals or even groups who are held captive by a broken system. Don’t Fail Idaho seeks to provide the data, information, and resources so that everyone who has a stake in the future of Idaho education can have open, meaningful conversations and make informed decisions.Collaborative Action:
Our students and our teachers are doing everything they can and should be applauded, but they can’t do this alone. They need the help of our communities, civic leaders, businesses, government, and, of course, Idaho parents. We all play a role. It’s time to put our differences behind us and move forward for the future of Idaho's children.Innovating Education:
A well educated person is more in control of the direction their lives take and a brighter future is something every child in Idaho should have access to, whether they are white or Hispanic, poor or rich, or from urban areas or rural Idaho. There is nothing more important than empowering children with the technology and skills to open more doors of opportunity.
Author of "The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way," Amanda Ripley explains her world travels and why U.S. students are no longer the smartest in the world. "American 15-year-olds perform about 26th in the world in a test of critical thinking in math, 17th in science and 12th in reading. And our high school graduation rate is now below that of about 20 other nations," Ripley says. But, why? (photo credit eduinitiative.net)View More
Campaign for Grade Level Reading
It is critical for children to be reading on grade level by the end of the third grade because third grade is where students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is making reading on grade level a national priority. For more information, go to gradelevelreading.net.View More
67% Below Proficient
Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child's educational development. In the early years, learning to read is a critical component of education. But beginning in fourth grade, children use reading to learn other subjects, and therefore, mastery of reading becomes a critical component in their ability to keep up academically. Children who reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently are more likely to drop out of high school, reducing their earnings potential and chances for success.View More
IBE Education Field Guide
The Idaho Business for Education Field Guide is designed to give quick and easy access to key data that will support the work to improve Idaho's education system.
To meet the needs of the 21st century workforce and economy, the Idaho State Board of Education has set an ambitious goal: 60% of Idahoans age 25-34 will have a post-secondary certificate or degree by 2020.
Given the current status and pace of progress, we are not on track to meet that goal.
Idaho must do better to prepare its students for success. This Field Guild provides the facts and figures, with key information and insight, about the need and opportunity to improve Idaho's K-12 education system.View Online Download PDF
Teachers get RESPECT
RESPECT represents a movement within the education profession to elevate and transform teaching and leading so that all of our students are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century. As the demands of our world continue to expand, our students need educators who are well prepared, compensated, and treated as professionals.View More
What Most Schools Don't Teach
Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. Their goals include: spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers, and that it's much easier to learn to program than you think and building an authoritative database of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick+mortar schools or summer camps. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. And they believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.View More
Is Education Killing Creativity?
There’s never been a perfect formula for success, but a generation or two ago, things were arguably more straightforward. If you worked hard in high school, got good grades, graduated, and went on to college or a vocational program, you’d find yourself well on your way to a solid career. You could safely rely on an education as a way to improve your life. Not so much today, as this path seems to lead more to mirages than any promised land. Even as the high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, and the college enrollment rate is growing steadily (from about 50% in 1975 to 68% last year according to the National Center for Education Statistics) - unemployment too has risen sharply. In 2012, a whopping 53% of recent college grads (age 25 or under) were jobless or underemployed. The United States spends more annually per school-aged child (ages 6-23) than any other country, and yet we trail many countries in math and science proficiency. We seem to be achieving more, only to become less relevant.View More
Education Week: 2013 State Report Cards
Bringing home a report card can be a humbling, and even terrifying experience. In this case the entire state of Idaho is about to be humbled and, instead of terrified, provoked into action. That's because Education Week just released it's state report cards for the United States. Sadly, Idaho placed 48th out of 50 states in K-12. That's right, Idaho is 48th in the quality of its education system. It's time for a change.View More
Go On Summer Institute Films
In 2012, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation launched Go On Schools, an initiative designed to provide schools the support and resources they need to create a culture in which going on to training or education after high school was the expectation, not the exception. Every accredited middle or high school in the state was invited to apply for a Go On Schools grant. More than fifty schools applied and only twenty-seven schools across Idaho were chosen to participate based on the strength of their school-wide plans. The program is now in its second year and many Go On Schools are making huge strides in breaking down the barriers, helping students and parents understand what it takes to Go On and serving as models for the rest of the state. Click the View More button below to see all four films that show how schools all across Idaho are transforming the way they think about secondary education.View More
Illuminating the ED Problem
Lumina is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans who have high-quality, college-level learning. Their mission is defined by a specific goal: to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency to achieve this goal, known as Goal 2025. In 2012, Lumina Foundation made 70 grants for a total commitment of more than $30 million. The median amount for these 70 grants was $435,761 with the largest grant of $1,596,900. Beginning in 2013, grants will focus on two imperatives: Mobilizing to Reach Goal 2025 and Designing & Building a 21st Century Higher Education System. For more information about Lumina’s grant making, please visit:View More
Khan Academy Idaho: Trailblazers in Education
Forty-seven schools and more than 10,000 K-12 students across Idaho will become part of the nation’s first statewide pilot of the Khan Academy, the free, internationally recognized on-line education leader. Rebooting Idaho Schools Using Khan Academy grantees will collectively receive nearly $1.5 million for training, technology, technical assistance and assessment from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is doing more than bringing technology into Idaho classrooms, they’re helping teachers reimagine how learning happens with their students,” says Khan Academy founder and executive director Sal Khan. “The educators who have received these grants were carefully selected because they had a vision of meeting every student’s needs with a personalized learning experience.”View More
Future of ED to be Viral?
According to the 2012 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey, 49 percent of U.S employers currently have difficulty filling mission-critical positions. In the Wall Street Journal, SHRM’s Mark Schmit agrees that the talent shortage is the number one issue HR managers are facing. There is no guaranteed job after graduation anymore and internships don’t magically turn into jobs either. Students are in debt because of loans and they are graduating into retail and bartending jobs instead of professional ones.View More
A New Perspective on ID Education
Education Week ranked Idaho 48th in K-12 education. Most of us might think, “it's not my school, it's not my kids. Not my future.” This new online video is part of a fact-based public service campaign entitled Don’t Fail Idaho. Sponsored by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, this campaign seeks to raise awareness about Idaho’s education challenges and provoke conversations about Idaho’s future. The campaign will do this by informing, educating, and being a catalyst for inspiring change—engaging a diverse and robust debate in a spirit of innovation and collaboration.View More
GOOD Magazine "Future Learning" Documentary
Learning and technology are already integrated. It's no longer an "if, then" scenario. Good magazine's mini-documentary Future Learning looks at the innovative and diverse ways game changers are using technology to revolutionize education.View More
Ed Sessions 2.0
Think of this as continuing education for education innovators. The ED Sessions 2.0 speaker series brings nationally and internationally recognized speakers who promote civil discourse about education reform and improvement. The series can be attended live or watched online via live streaming webcasts.View More
Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor
Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, according to a new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year. The pattern contributes to widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility in this country, economists say, because college graduates earn so much more on average than nongraduates do. Low-income students who excel in high school often do not graduate from the less selective colleges they attend.View More
While most education improvement movements center on how the system works, Edutopia is focused on strategically innovating the actual learning process. Edutopia was created by the George Lucas Educational Foundation and in their words, "...is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives." This resource-rich site is both engaging and inspiring. A great place to start is their Five Minute Film Festival with over 12 videos that everyone concerned about education should see.View More
Six-Year High School Model
Rashid Davis recently visited Boise, Idaho, where the Albertson Foundation is committing $5 million to create a P-TECH school modeled after the one he oversees in Brooklyn. Here he recounts his recent visit to the Foundation to speak to and review proposals from RFP respondents.View More
A New Educational Model?
Although the latest U.S. employment numbers are trending positively, there remain deep and systemic issues that have made fuller economic recovery elusive. Chief among these is the disconnect between the availability of skilled workers and the tens of thousands of good jobs waiting to be filled. Our understandably intense focus on restoring full employment in the current down-cycle economy has led some to relegate education and education reform to the back burner. But we do so at our peril. The fact of the matter is that a redesigned and stronger educational system is essential to a sustainable economic recovery. We do ourselves—and future generations—a disservice if we fail to acknowledge this critical relationship.View More
Mike Rowe WORKS
A hard-day's work is nothing to sniff at, and if the Mike Rowe Works Foundation has its way, that work ethic will again be front and center in our dialogue about the future economy. By raising awareness of the ever-increasing skills gap of our future workforce, the foundation seeks to help other organizations who are actively setting out to strengthen America's skilled labor infrastructure.View More
GOOD magazine "Our System isn't broken..."
Most education reform debates center on fixing a broken system. One look at the history of this system reveals that many of the inefficiencies and inequities were either built in or evolved as unintended consequences. Good magazine provides a powerful review of the infrastructure and history of public school education with the call-to-action, "It's way past time that we take our blame and focus off students and put it on our educational, socioeconomic, and political systems that allow, demand, and perpetuate inequity. We who are committed to school reform must consider how we can think and act differently."View More
Idaho Education News
Idaho Education News is an independent, on-line source for comprehensive news, information, commentary and data about K-12 education in Idaho. The website features in-depth stories on education practices and policies. IdahoEdNews.org is a free resource sponsored by foundation funding. Boise State University’s Idaho Leads Project heads the project. A $3.85 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation funds the Idaho Leads Project and Idaho Education News.View More
TED.com re-imagines school
All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. In these 11 talks educators such as Sir. Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Daphne Koller and Geoff Mulgan offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.View More
ID 21 Project
One difficult thing about preparing for the future is no one knows exactly what it will look like. So, to provide Idahoans with access to next-generation innovative ideas, resources, and skills, the ID 21 Project was created by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The ID21 Project support educators, students, and parents as they find ways to cultivate the skills needed for tomorrow.View More
J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is a Boise-based private, family foundation with an ambitious mission: discover, develop and expand environments of limitless learning for all Idahoans. To accomplish this, the Foundation invests pro-actively in three key areas: career readiness, learning choices and leadership. Since 1997, the Albertson Foundation has invested more than $500 million into Idaho's schools.View More
Knowledge Is Power, And It’s Also Free
Khan Academy's humble beginnings are a classic hero's journey of the digital era. Salman Khan, a hedge funds analyst, began posting math tutorial videos for his cousins on YouTube in 2007. Today, KhanAcademy.org has more than 4,000 videos delivering 240 million lessons to people all over the world. The best part? This invaluable resource always has been, and will always be—absolutely free. Khan Academy.org has revolutionized the learning process and leveled the playing field across the globe. Find out how 47 schools and more than 10,000 students in Idaho will become the nation’s first statewide pilot of KhanAcademy.org.View More
Idaho Business for Education
Someone once said opportunity is when luck meets preparation. To ensure Idaho's children are prepared to meet the challenges of the future, Idaho's business leaders came together to help improve education. Idaho Business for Education is a non-profit organization partnering with education professionals to establish "An Idaho education system that produces graduates prepared for personal success and societal contribution in tomorrow’s dynamic workforce."View More
The Fast Track To The Future
Following successful models of P-TECH schools in New York and Illinois, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is promising $5 million in grants for the creation of P-TECH schools in Idaho. P-TECH stands for “Pathways in Technology Early College High School.” Schools partner with local industry and college to create an innovative learning program for 9th through 14th graders. Upon graduation, students earn a high school diploma, a certificate or two-year associates degree and a pathway to a 4-year degree or meaningful employment with the industry partner.View More
While high school graduation is a milestone achievement, it's really just the beginning. Whether a high school student chooses to go to college or just join the workforce, a post-high school education is becoming more and more of a necessity. Not only can post high school training get graduates a better job, it can also help them master a trade to develop a lifelong career. The Go On campaign encourages high school graduates to have a second look at the age-old question of "what are you doing after high school?"View More