Measuring Up



Idaho

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Idaho?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

48

7%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

20,449

7%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

86%

76%

10%

Black

1%

1%

0%

Hispanic

9%

18%

-9%

Asian

1%

1%

0%

Other

3%

4%

-1%

Total minority

14%

24%

-10%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

37%

48%

-11%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

37%

48%

-11%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

19%

17%

2%

Suburb

32%

19%

13%

Town

30%

24%

6%

Rural

19%

40%

-21%

Total nonsuburban

68%

81%

-13%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

1

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

5

Average Annual Open Rate

7.1%

2011–12

4

2012–13

1

2013–14

4

2014–15

3

Total number

17

 

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

1

Average Annual Closure Rate

2.1%

2010–11

1

2011–12

0

2012–13

1

2013–14

2

Total number

5

 

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

0%

Total

40%

STEM

7%

Arts

2%

Classical

4%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

0%

International/Foreign language

2%

Montessori/Waldorf

20%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

0%

Military

0%

Vocational training

9%

Public policy/Citizenship

2%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

100%

0%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

13

15

1

31%

State education agency

Independent charter board

1

33

33

69%

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Idaho enacted its charter public school law in 1995. In our most recent rankings of state charter school laws, it ranked #22 out of 43. Idaho’s law is mostly cap-free, provides multiple authorizers, and provides a fair amount of autonomy and accountability. However, it still provides inequitable funding to charters.

A state’s charter public school movement had to meet three conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 2 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013 so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its charter public schools in comparison with its traditional public schools. Third, the state had to have a state accountability system in place that categorized all public schools on the basis of performance in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Idaho’s movement did not meet at least one of these conditions, so we did not score and rank it in this year’s report.

However, below we provide the data we were able to gather. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2014-15, there were 48 charter public schools and 20,449 charter public school students in Idaho, constituting 7 percent of the state’s public schools and 7 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Idaho served a lower percentage of racial and ethnic minority students (10 percentage points less) and a lower percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students (11 percentage points less) than traditional public schools.
  • In 2012-13, 68 percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 81 percent of traditional public schools.
  • During 2014-15, only one community in Idaho had more than 10 percent of its public school students in charters.
  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, 17 new charter public schools opened in Idaho, a 7.1 percent average annual open rate.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, five charter public schools closed in Idaho, a 2.1 percent average annual closure rate.
  • In 2012-13, 40 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • In 2014-15, 100 percent of the state’s charter public schools were start-ups.
  • As of 2014-15, 13 local school boards had authorized 15 charter public schools (31 percent of the state’s total number of charter public schools), and the state’s independent charter board had authorized 33 charter public schools (69 percent).
  • During 2013-14, five full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Idaho, serving 4,781 students (23 percent of the charter population).