State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Idaho

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 by first day of school Idaho Code Ann. § 33-202
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 Idaho Code Ann. § 33-201
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-out: Age 5, if student has completed 450 hours of kindergarten in another state. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-201
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No Idaho Code Ann. § 33-208 (West)
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? No Idaho Code Ann. § 33-208
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 450 hours per year for kindergarten. 810 hours per year for grades 1-3. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-512 
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? State goals are set at 1:20 for K-3. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.110
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: All applicants must demonstrate competency in comprehensive literacy. Public higher education institutions are responsible for assessing teacher candidates. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.018
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher preparation and Professional development: Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.060
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? The Birth through Grade Three endorsement allows one to teach in any educational setting birth through grade three. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.022
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? K-3 reading assessments are required. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1615
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Assessment results shall be used to inform interventions, results shall be compiled by the state department of education and reported annually to the state board, legislature, and governor and made available to the public. Results of tests and interventions recommended and implemented are included in each student’s permanent record. Assessment results are also used to determine whether struggling schools will require a school intervention program. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1614 through 1616
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? A student shall receive an individual reading improvement plan. School districts and public charter schools shall established an extended time literacy program for K-3 students who score basic or below basic on the fall reading assessment. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1616
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Candidates for the Early Childhood Special Education (Pre-K-3) endorsement must complete coursework in child development and behavior with an emphasis in social and emotional areas. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.023

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