The meeting gave lawmakers and the public a chance to weigh the pros and cons of the new academic standards in English and math, but was unlikely to settle some lingering differences.
Originally, all Idaho students in grades 3-11 were required to take the new test this spring. Now, schools will be allowed to opt out of testing ninth and 10th graders.
The multistate exam is geared to the new Idaho Core Standards. The questions about the exam come as the 2014 Legislature could be poised to take a second look at the standards themselves.
Talking a range of education-related issues: state revenue projections, a Statehouse Common Core showdown, school levies and the latest on the state superintendent’s race.
State superintendent Tom Luna isn’t changing his mind about field-testing a lengthy test built around Common Core standards. But the state will look at some possible changes to address district superintendents’ concerns.