Policy Conditions in Action: Responsive Funding Systems in Idaho

Topics: Education Policy

In our recent State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning, we share a framework that can help guide states in their work towards statewide transformation to ensure personalized learning opportunities for all students.

Personalized learning can be a powerful approach for ensuring readiness for postsecondary education and career and for addressing racial, economic, gender and geographic disparities. To implement personalized learning with fidelity takes hard work and collaboration at every level of the system.

The State Policy Framework for Personalized Learning will help states and stakeholders define and navigate their pathway from the exploratory phase of system design, where a limited number of districts engage in personalized learning practices, to statewide transformation.

Early adopter: spotlight on Idaho

Within our framework, we outline a set of policy conditions states will need to tackle as they refine and transform their policy system to one that ensures all students in the state benefit from high-quality personalized learning experiences. We also highlight early adopter states to illustrate each policy condition. For the policy condition Responsive Funding Systems, we shine a spotlight on Idaho.

In 2015, Idaho’s H.B. 110 supported the state’s shift to mastery-based education requiring the state to conduct a statewide campaign to promote understanding of mastery education, to establish a committee of educators to identify barriers to implementing mastery education and to create a process for incubating district-level mastery learning initiatives. The Idaho Legislature appropriated a $1.4 million annual line-item in FY 2018 to support continuation of the mastery education pilot program.

Moving to personalized learning throughout your state is a big undertaking with even bigger rewards. Not sure which policy conditions to begin with? Take this short quiz to find out.