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About Idaho

About Idaho

Idaho has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The State Board consists of 7 members appointed to 5-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • Education in State Constitution: Article IX: Sections 1-11

  • Education in State Statutes: Title 33: Chapters 1-61

  • State Board Members: 7 Members; Appointed; 5-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Brad Little

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Debbie Critchfield

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • The Idaho State Department of Education reports that in 2020, there were 304,557 students enrolled in the 714 public schools in the state. Over 85% of the high school seniors in 2020 took part in advanced opportunities or obtained industry certifications. Nine out of ten teachers that taught in the 2018-2019 academic year continued teaching the following year.

    Idaho recognizes that families need school options to find what works best for their children. These include alternative schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, and homeschools. Almost 7,228 at-risk students utilize one of the 59 alternative schools designed to help them succeed. As for charter schools, 21,872 students are enrolled in one of the state’s 49 charter schools, which families may apply to attend. There are also 24 magnet schools in Idaho serving 1,338 students. Idaho has 119 private schools, which are not regulated by the state’s Department of Education. Homeschooling is another education option not regulated by the state.



Here we’ve collected links to additional resources so you can become better acquainted with your state system.