Findings by State - Idaho


Scope of Review in Idaho
  677 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  6 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-5 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-4 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  4 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 70% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-4 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-3 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
33% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Idaho:

  • Highly rated programs -- The undergraduate secondary program at Boise State University is on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that only 22 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Idaho restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, although no such programs were found in Idaho.

  • Early reading instruction -- Just 25 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Idaho are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, an even lower percentage than the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. 25 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Idaho provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Idaho, 57 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- None of the evaluated Idaho elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- None of Idaho's elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. The results are better at the high school level, with 50 percent of Idaho secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. Further, no high school programs in Idaho entirely failed this standard, although 20 percent did across the country.

  • Outcome data -- None of Idaho's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. The state does not connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), and programs have not taken the initiative to collect such data on their own.

Idaho Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Idaho Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Boise State University - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

No 0-star rated programs

Endorsers of the Review in Idaho

Thomas Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Idaho's Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Idaho funders
J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Boise State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  211
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Brigham Young University - Idaho Annual new teacher production (2010):  92
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Idaho State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  97
Undergraduate Elementary
Lewis-Clark State College Annual new teacher production (2010):  71
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Northwest Nazarene University Annual new teacher production (2010):  48
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Idaho Annual new teacher production (2010):  158
Graduate Special Education Some standard scores available

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

College of Idaho
George Fox University

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of Idaho's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement. 

Each state has a set of laws, rules, and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom. These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.