The Catholic Schools of Idaho and the Idaho Charter School Network are the two newest groups to announce their support for the Idaho Core Standards, which raise the bar for what students learn in math and English. The standards are required by Idaho law to be implemented in all districts this year.
Idahoans for Excellence in Education, started in July by the Idaho Business for Education (IBE), now has 22 members.
“While there is no mandate or requirement for Catholic schools to adopt the Idaho Core Standards, we believe they will enhance the educational programs at our schools and in no way compromise the Catholic identity of a Catholic school,” said Bob Sobotta, Superintendent of Idaho Catholic Schools. “We enthusiastically endorse the Idaho Core Standards.”
The standards were developed with the support of state schools superintendent Tom Luna and state lawmakers. The standards were approved by the State Board of Education in 2010 and approved by the Legislature in 2011. Since then, Idaho teachers and school districts have been developing curriculum to start teaching to the standards.
Members of Idahoans for Excellence in Education
Idaho Business for Education
Idaho Education Association
Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
Idaho Parents and Teachers Together
Treasure Valley Education Partnership
Emmett School District
Meridian Joint School District
Boise School District
Idaho State Alliance of YMCAs
Idaho Voices for Children
Meridian Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
Idaho Leads Project
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
Idaho State Board of Education
Idaho President’s Council (representing Idaho’s college and university presidents)
Idaho Digital Learning
Gooding School District
The Idaho School Superintendents Association
Catholic Schools of Idaho
Idaho Charter School Network
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