Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Survey: Teachers support state standards, question assessments

The national teachers’ survey mirrors the political sentiment surrounding the Idaho Core Standards — and the online exam aligned to the standards.

Pocatello-Chubbuck relies on a ‘tapestry of strategies’ to defy the odds

The large East Idaho district outperformed others in the area and attributes its success to an emphasis on teacher training, student writing prompts and even video games.

Idaho SBAC scores improve across the board

Scores in math and English language arts improved from third grade through high school, but high school math scores are still a weak spot.

State: This time around, SBAC grading goes smoothly

Opt-outs were limited as well. But it’s unclear when test results will be made public.

Federal judge rejects anti-SBAC lawsuit

The lawsuit — backed by the conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation — sought to spike the online exams tied to Idaho Core Standards.

SBAC likely to face another test at the Statehouse

Legislators have never mounted a serious challenge to Common Core — but could they decide to dump the exam aligned to those standards?

State releases final round of SBAC numbers

Statewide test scores were largely unchanged. Testing times fell well below projections.

SBAC graduation requirement waived

State superintendent Sherri Ybarra said it’s “premature” to require sophomores to pass the new, much-maligned SBAC exam.

Boise leads new push to replace SBAC tests

This summer’s move by Boise could lead to a major testing showdown at an upcoming school boards convention and, eventually, the Idaho Legislature.

Montana also struggling with SBAC testing

Montana was forced to make its SBAC test optional — and it will fall well short of the feds’ requirements to test 95 percent of its students.