Idaho Ed News reports that the state's "go-on" rate is moving in the wrong direction.
According to new numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, just under 52 percent of 2013 Idaho high-school grads moved on to two- or four-year colleges. That's a drop from 54 percent in 2012.
And in a closer look at the numbers, Idaho Ed News reporter Kevin Richert details that while the Boise and Meridian (now called the West Ada) school districts' "go-on" rates in 2013 were 61 percent, other areas didn't fare as well. The Valivue School District registered a 45 percent "go-on" rate and the Nampa School District had a 50 percent rate. Elsewhere across the state, the Coeur d'Alene School District had a 56 percent rate; Bonneville's was 44 percent and the Madison School District had an abysmal 38 percent rate.
Richert notes that Bonneville and Madison's low rates may have a lot to do with an influx of LDS missions, sending recent high-school grads on faith-based assignments.