BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – In addition to updated achievement data and other information, Idaho Online Bulletin for Public Schools and Districts has added new user-friendly features to improve understanding among their local school stakeholders.
“Our statewide report card, revamped four years ago, has been a tremendous help to parents, educators and others, garnering national attention for its features and ease of use. “said Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra. “Stakeholders can collect information on their schools’ progress, demographics, teaching staff, spending per student and more.”
A ‘browse’ feature allows users to scroll and compare a list of schools rather than searching directly one school at a time.
“Each year, we continue to improve site navigation and add content to better track progress indicators. The newest additions, launching this week, include internet connectivity and chronic absenteeism data at the school, district and state level. Regular attendance at school is essential to learning the academic and social skills necessary for success, and that success is threatened if they miss 10% or more of instructional days – the definition of chronic absenteeism” , said the superintendent. “Tracking absenteeism provides a tool to identify where prevention and early intervention are needed for schools and districts.”
Bulletin users can select a school or district to view the local 2022 chronic absenteeism rate for the 2022 school year and how it compares to the previous two years. To assess Internet connectivity, stakeholders can view megabits per second (Mbps) of Internet access and the cost of that access.
“The average Mbps per student in Idaho continues to climb every year, and the average cost of that access has gone down every year since 2016,” Superintendent Ybarra said. “Bulletin users can find this information, along with absenteeism data, under the heading of non-academic indicators. One of our academic indicators, student progress, recognizes the improvement students make from year to year toward mastery of grade-level content standards. This feature had been temporarily disabled due to pandemic disruptions to assessment data collection.
Data featured on the newly updated bulletin includes:
- Idaho Standards Achievement Skill Test and Growth Data
- Spring Idaho Reading Indicator Test and Comparison to Fall Tests
- Student, parent and staff surveys to measure engagement
- Data on subgroup results needed to measure a school’s progress toward an improvement plan.
- Learner progress and fluency in English
- Graduation rate
- School enrollment and demographics
The State Department of Education’s K-12 online report card was unveiled in December 2018 as a portal to the results of the Idaho State Accountability Plan, approved by the U.S. Department of Education. ‘Education.
In 2019, the National Data Quality Campaign named Idaho one of three “states to watch” for the quality of its online report cards. The group singled out Idaho for making its new newsletter easier to navigate and for offering Spanish translations and performance data from subgroups, including military families, foster families and homelessness. .
“By continuing to add features and information to this site, we aim to provide families, educators, and others with a one-stop-shop for all important Idaho school and district data,” said Superintendent Ybarra.