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STEM School Designations

Note: AdvancED has merged with Measured Progress to become Cognia. As part of the merger, the STEM Standards have been upgraded and a crosswalk has been provided (see Cognia Links below) to make the transition from the old standards to the new standards easier for schools. These documents, along with other minor changes have been incorporated into this webpage.

The goal of Idaho Code 33-4701, STEM School Designation, is to provide recognition for schools or programs that provide high-quality, inter-disciplinary, multi-grade STEM education based on the criteria of the 16 Cognia STEM School Standards. Interdisciplinary learning models emphasize how STEM is practiced in the real world by STEM professionals. This type of engagement allows students to expand their learning by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries as well as within and outside of the school. Students learn to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to other disciplines and deepen their learning. Educators see their own discipline from a fresh and energizing perspective, building excitement about teaching.

This opportunity seeks to recognize schools that provide rich STEM learning experiences for students, educators, and communities. It seeks to clearly define the best practices of STEM schools and provide consistent criteria by which schools can measure their progress toward STEM Designation.


For questions regarding the STEM School Designation program, please contact John McFarlane, STEM AC.

To schedule a STEM School Review Team from Cognia, please contact Dale Kleinert, Cognia.

STATUS: Ongoing


Funding Details:
(subject to change and dependent on annual appropriation)

Earning Cognia certification = up to $10,000.00 annually for up to 5 years.

Schools can apply to Cognia for certification anytime during the year. STEM designation occurs in January/February timeframe.

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To learn more about STEM Standards, click on the buttons below.

Idaho STEM Designated Schools
  • Galileo STEM Academy - Eagle
  • Barbara Morgan STEM Academy - Meridian
  • Temple View Elementary School - Idaho Falls
  • Bingham Academy - Blackfoot
  • North Idaho STEM Charter Academy - Rathdrum
  • Southside Elementary - Cocolalla

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