Common Core

Power struggle over Common Core tests

The State Department of Education is all-in, supporting a controversial test tailored to the new Common Core standards. But some prominent school district leaders are pushing back.

Districts, state spar over Common Core test

Superintendents of nine school districts — including Meridian, Boise and Nampa — want Idaho to delay a test tied to the new Idaho Core Standards. State officials plan to stick with the new test.

Common Core: Is a battle brewing?

Some legislators may well take a run at derailing the Idaho Core Standards next session. But a revolt might not find any traction in the Statehouse’s education committees.

Education department responds to anti-Core letter

State Superintendent Tom Luna and his staff attempt to clear up concerns voiced by Sen. Steven Thayn and Madison School District Superintendent Geoffrey Thomas about the roll out of Idaho Core Standards.

A letter to legislators from committee leaders

Chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees say now is not the time to go backwards. They are encouraging lawmakers to support the implementation of Idaho Core Standards because they are critical in making sure every child is prepared for success after high school.

Trustees support Idaho Core Standards

At their annual convention, school board members crafted a legislative agenda that includes support for the new academic standards.

Rising legislative opposition to Core?

Another state senator — Education Committee member Steven Thayn — is saying Idaho should walk away from the new Idaho Core Standards.

Two Idaho leaders voice Common Core concerns

An Idaho state senator and an Eastern Idaho superintendent say Idaho’s new standards are untested. They say the Idaho Core Standards should be rejected, or districts should be allowed to opt out.

School boards work on 2014 wish list

Restoring school budgets to pre-recession levels? Probably. Money for Common Core training? Likely. POST Academy training for teachers? Maybe not. The Idaho School Boards Association will complete its list of legislative priorities in November.

Fusing technology pilots with Common Core

Kuna Middle School is among 11 Idaho schools facing a unique challenge — testing out technology pilot projects while rolling out new Common Core standards. How will they juggle the two?