At the same time Ybarra was pleased that so many Idaho teachers earned high scores on their annual evaluations.
Ybarra says elements of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan bill could empower local schools and remove some of the compliance and punishment mandates of No Child Left Behind.
The 77-page document was critiqued by new board member Russell Joki as being too difficult for parents and patron to understand or use. He wants the plan to have more accountability.
The group’s recommendations will be forwarded to the State Board of Education for additional consideration and scrutiny.
Gov. Butch Otter and education policymakers have set a goal for 60 percent of Idaho’s young adults to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020.
Panelist highlight the pros and cons of canceling Friday classes for other activities, such as professional development or student enrichment and remediation programs. About a third of Idaho districts have cut back to four-day weeks. Only one percent of districts nationwide have adopted similar schedules.