In 2011, only 56 percent of Idaho kindergartners were at grade level upon entering kindergarten. These gaps prevent children from reaching their full potential.
Idaho Core represents a profound change in educational philosophy. The standards will challenge educators to teach strategies for research, inquiry and literacy. Implementation will take time and may not always go smoothly.
Idaho Leads co-directors Lisa Kinnaman and Roger Quarles personally observed deeply committed school leaders and teachers use the most innovative education practices they’ve ever seen that have resulted in extreme growth in student achievement.
Common Core isn’t about education. It’s about giving up school curriculum and testing rights to the federal government and to anonymous private entities, and it was about control from some education reform groups who admit the goal is to create a national market place for educational products and services.
The Obama administration’s steps to push Common Core standards “are alarming and may present a dangerous path toward a federal takeover of state standards,” Sen. Mike Crapo writes in a guest opinion.