Tom originally moved to Idaho with his wife Cindy 30 years ago. Tom and Cindy have raised six children, who all graduated from Idaho public schools. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. All of their children have graduated from public schools in Idaho.
Before becoming Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom had a successful career in business spanning more than 25 years. Tom served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige from 2003 to 2005. He traveled the country on behalf of President Bush and Secretary Paige, focusing on rural education and school choice, two issues that greatly affect Idaho.
Tom was appointed under former Governor Phil Batt to lead the Idaho Achievement Standards Commission. Under former Governor Dirk Kempthorne, he was appointed to chair the Idaho Assessment and Accountability Commission. The success of these two commissions resulted in the popular Achievement Standards and the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), both useful tools for teachers and parents. Tom has served as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization that brings together the top education leaders from every state. He also serves on the National Assessment Governing Board, which is an independent, bipartisan organization that oversees The Nation's Report Card.
Tom Luna was sworn into a second term as Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 7, 2011. Tom was first elected in 2007, and he made a lot of progress in the short amount of time.
Tom first got involved in the state's education system by serving on the Nampa School Board for seven years, including three years as chairman. Since then, Tom has served in education at the local, state and national levels.
In 2007, just 26 percent of Idaho schools met the high academic goals the state set, known as Adequate Yearly Progress. By 2010, 62 percent of schools met AYP. Idaho led the nation in the increase in the number of schools making AYP.
During his first term as State Superintendent, Tom secured $20 million a year for the Classroom Enhancement Package, which provides additional funding for textbooks, remediation programs, and a supplies and materials stipend for every classroom teacher. He created the Rural Education Initiative to find solutions to the unique problems facing rural schools and conducted the Safe and Secure Schools Assessment to study the status of safety and security of all Idaho school facilities. He worked with teachers, parents,
Tom originally moved to Idaho 30 years ago to attend college at BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College). Tom also attended Boise State University and later graduated from Thomas Edison State College.