“When students are out of the classroom for too long, the achievement gap widens,” Little said during a press conference Thursday.
Idaho’s higher education system faces a challenge that could not have been imagined this time a year ago: opening campuses to thousands of students, from across the state and around the world, during a global health crisis. But now, its old problems are even more daunting.
The trustees of Idaho’s largest school district want to get students into the classroom for at least part of the school year — a push that, for now, runs counter to recommendations from local health officials.
Only Gov. Brad Little can call a special session of the Legislature. He’s left the door open but hasn’t acted yet.
The SDE’s 2020-2021 assessment calendar includes testing dates for Idaho’s early-reading exam and the federally mandated Idaho Standards Achievement Tests.