The national teachers’ survey mirrors the political sentiment surrounding the Idaho Core Standards — and the online exam aligned to the standards.
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.
Scores in math and English language arts improved from third grade through high school, but high school math scores are still a weak spot.
Opt-outs were limited as well. But it’s unclear when test results will be made public.
The lawsuit — backed by the conservative Idaho Freedom Foundation — sought to spike the online exams tied to Idaho Core Standards.
Legislators have never mounted a serious challenge to Common Core — but could they decide to dump the exam aligned to those standards?
Statewide test scores were largely unchanged. Testing times fell well below projections.
State superintendent Sherri Ybarra said it’s “premature” to require sophomores to pass the new, much-maligned SBAC exam.
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 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.