About Us

Idaho Ed Trends provides data in an easy-to-use format about K-12 public education in Idaho.

The information for this site comes from the most recent publicly available data from the Idaho State Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Student Clearinghouse.

Idaho Ed Trends is housed and managed by Idaho Education News, a source for comprehensive journalism about public education policy and practice in Idaho.

The data rely on the same metrics and indicators used to assess state, district, school and student performance. Publically available content is free to all users and available for distribution so long as proper attribution is included and privacy of individuals is protected.

As you use Idaho Ed Trends, please tell us what information is most important to you, and how we can improve this product.

Idaho Ed Trends was designed by California-based BrightBytes, an educational research and analysis organization. BrightBytes partners with leading industry experts and researchers to create evidence-based frameworks that translate complex data into simple, fast actions.

Idaho Ed Trends will continually be updated as more recent data becomes available. For more information on the data used in Idaho Ed Trends, please the Data Methods section.

Idaho Ed Trends and Idaho Education News are funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was Idaho Ed Trends created?

The goal of Idaho Ed Trends is to translate education data, which can be difficult to find and interpret, into an accessible, user-friendly format.

How does Idaho Ed Trends work?

The website incorporates the most recent and publicly available data and creates a resource for readers to compare and explore information about Idaho’s K-12 public schools.

How should Idaho Ed Trends be used?

Readers can learn more about their local schools and districts and how they compare with other schools in Idaho. The website includes student achievement, per-pupil spending, student demographics, reading and math scores and college go-on rates by district.

Where did the data come from to make Idaho Ed Trends?

All data used in Idaho Ed Trends is the most recent and publicly available data from the Idaho State Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics and National Student Clearing House.

Why was this data selected?

Idaho Ed Trends uses publicly available data that is some of the most commonly relied-upon metrics and indicators used to assess state, district, school and student performance. The data is the most recently available information from the Idaho State of Education, National Center for Education Statistics and National Student Clearing House. Idaho Ed Trends will be updated as new data becomes available.

Are private schools on Idaho Ed Trends?

Idaho Ed Trends only tracks K-12 public schools in Idaho. Private schools are not included because they do not report data to the Idaho State Department of Education.

What happens when results from Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing is released?

The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium testing results, which are tied to Idaho Core Standards, will be available in the Spring of 2015. Idaho Ed Trends will shift its data away from ISAT (Idaho Standards Achievement Test) results to the most recent and accessible data.

How was Idaho Ed Trends funded?

Idaho Ed Trends and Idaho Education News are funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

How was Idaho Ed Trends developed?

The website was developed by BrightBytes, an education technology company that specializes in the development of proprietary systems that help make data easy to understand and communicate. BrightBytes took Idaho data and incorporated it into a custom website to translate the information into an easy-to-use website.

Who will manage Idaho Ed Trends?

Idaho Education News owns and manages Idaho Ed Trends, while BrightBytes helps maintain it with new data. All questions about the data used on the site should be directed to Idaho Ed News.

Will these additional data sources be added?
  • Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Results from those tests will be added in the Spring of 2014.

Which grades are represented with ISAT scores for reading and math?

The reading and math scores represented for schools are an aggregate of all eligible grades. They are intended to be use as a snapshot of the whole school.

How to learn more:

To learn more about the data or the site’s navigation, please contact Idaho Ed News.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Swindell Managing Editor Idaho Education News