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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?