State Board standards roadshow continues — with a hearing in Challis

The State Board of Education has added one final public hearing on K-12 academic standards, including Idaho’s version of Common Core.

The hearing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, at the American Legion Hall in Challis.

“We received requests for another hearing to be held in the central part of the state for folks who haven’t been able to travel to the other hearings,” said State Board chief planning and policy officer Tracie Bent in a news release Wednesday.

The State Board held four public hearings in August on its “rules governing thoroughness,” a 37-page document that spells out everything from high school graduation requirements to required student tests to school accountability measures. The rules also include academic standards — such as the Idaho Core Standards in math and English language arts, and science standards that were adopted in 2018 after a three-year Statehouse debate.

The State Board will decide this fall whether to recommend keeping the thoroughness rules intact, or make amendments. Then the 2020 Legislature will get the last word.

More reading: Link to our coverage to State Board hearings in Nampa and Idaho Falls.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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