"We will know our children a truly prepared when they graduate from high school prepared to attend post-secondary education or enter the workforce with the skills necessary to succeed and without the need for remediation."
Superintendent Luna understands that a vibrant and growing economy and a high-quality education system go hand in hand. One is incapable of existing without the other. That's why every initiative and program Superintendent Luna promotes and implements are aimed at improving student achievement.
Superintendent Luna believes children rise to expectations. Idaho continues to raise its academic bar and Idaho students are meeting the challenge. Under Superintendent Luna's leadership, Idaho raised academic standards and continues to evaluate our standards to make sure they are competitive with other states and the world. However, we must do more. Too many of Idaho's students don't complete high school, and those who do aren't prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education and the workplace. Idaho enjoys one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country, but the number of students entering and completing post-secondary education is near the bottom of the country. The true measure of student achievement, according to Superintendent Luna, is when a student graduates from an Idaho high school prepared and without the need for remediation.
To improve the number of students going on to post-secondary education, Superintendent Luna is a strong supporter of expanding dual credit opportunities, where Idaho high school students earn college credit while still in high school. Research shows students who complete dual credit courses are not only more ready to go on to post-secondary education, but also more prepared to complete a degree within four years or less. Superintendent Luna was the first superintendent to propose a statewide dual credit program in which every high school junior and senior could complete up to 12 college credits paid for by the state before graduation.
Improving access to dual credit courses is a challenge in our rural state. To expand these opportunities for all students, Superintendent Luna was a supporter of the creation and implementation of the Idaho Education Network, which connects every Idaho high school and institute of higher education through a high-speed broadband connection. Through the Idaho Education Network, high school students in even our most rural and remote areas have access to academic courses including dual credit.