Measuring Up



Idaho

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state and recommendations to support the growth of high-quality charter schools.

What is the state of charter schools in Idaho?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

47

6%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

20,380

7%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

88%

78%

10%

Black

1%

1%

0%

Hispanic

6%

17%

-11%

Asian

2%

1%

1%

Other

3%

3%

0%

Total minority

12%

22%

-10%

 

4. Students in special populations (2010–11)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

15%

47%

-32%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

15%

47%

-32%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

26%

22%

4%

Suburb

20%

10%

10%

Town

24%

22%

2%

Rural

30%

46%

-16%

Total nonsuburban

80%

90%

-10%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

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

0

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

6

Average Annual Open Rate

9.5%

2010–11

5

2011–12

4

2012–13

1

2013–14

4

Total number

20

 

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2008–13)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2008–09

1

Average Annual Closure Rate

2.1%

2009–10

1

2010–11

1

2011–12

0

2012–13

1

Total number

4

 

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Public charter schools reporting use of various innovative practices (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

Extended day (30 minutes or more each day compared to traditional public schools)

44%

Average

31%

Extended year (10 or more days compared to traditional public schools)

22%

Year-round calendar

6%

Independent study

33%

School-to-work

22%

Higher education courses

56%

 
 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

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

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

-

 

 

 

 

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

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

-

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2012–13)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

100%

0%

 

 

 

Public charter schools that are independent, associated with a CMO, or associated with an EMO (2010–11)

 

Number

Percentage

 

 

Independent

38

95%

 

 

Charter management organization

0

0%

 

 

Education management organization

2

5%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2013–14)

 

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

32%

State education agency

-

-

-

-

Independent charter board

1

32

32

68%

Noneducational government entity

-

-

-

0%

Higher education institution

-

-

-

0%

Nonprofit

-

-

-

0%

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2012–13)

Number of virtual public charter school students

5,213

 

 

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

27%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

7

 

 

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

16%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

A state’s public charter school movement had to meet two conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 1 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ (CREDO) 2013 National Charter School Study so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its public charter schools in comparison to its traditional public schools. While Idaho’s movement met the first condition, Idaho was not a partner state in CREDO’s 2013 study. Therefore, we did not score and rank Idaho’s public charter school movement in this year’s report.

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

  • In 2013–14, there were 47 public charter schools and 20,380 public charter school students in Idaho, constituting 6 percent of the state’s public schools and 7 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • Public charter schools in Idaho served a lower percentage of racial and ethnic minority students than traditional public schools in 2012–13 (10 percentage points less) and a lower percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students than traditional public schools in 2010–11 (32 percentage points less).
  • Eighty percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas in 2011–12 as compared to 90 percent of traditional public schools.
  • There were no communities in Idaho with more than 10 percent of public school students in charters during 2012–13.
  • Twenty new public charter schools opened in Idaho between 2009–10 and 2013–14, a 9.5 percent average annual open rate.
  • Four public charter schools closed in Idaho between 2008–09 and 2012–13, a 2.1 percent average annual closure rate.
  • An average of 31 percent of the state’s public charter schools reported using one of the six innovative practices that we tracked in 2011–12.
  • One hundred percent of the state’s public charter schools were startups in 2012–13.
  • In 2010–11, 95 percent of the state’s public charter schools were independently managed, and 5 percent were associated with a for-profit educational management organization. None were associated with a nonprofit charter management organization.
  • As of 2013–14, 13 local school boards had authorized 15 public charter schools (32 percent of the state’s total number of public charter schools), and the state’s independent charter board had authorized 32 public charter schools (68 percent).
  • There were seven virtual public charter schools in Idaho during 2012–13, serving 5,213 students (27 percent of the charter population).

Recommendations

Idaho has modest populations of public charter schools and public charter school students. To better support the growth of high-quality public charter schools, we recommend that the state change its law to enhance its funding and facilities support to charters. We also encourage the state to explore why public charter schools are serving a lower percentage of racial and ethnic minority students, free and reduced-price lunch students, and nonsuburban students than traditional public schools.