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Common Core countdown: How prepared is Idaho?

States are racing to implement the comprehensive — and controversial — Common Core standards, and Idaho starts out more or less in the middle of the pack.

A new national study gives Idaho high marks for teaching low-income students, but says Idaho has a weak record for teaching Latino students.

The point of the study, released Tuesday by The Education Trust of Washington, D.C., is summarized in its title: “Uneven at the Start.” As 45 states and the District of Columbia prepare to implement Common Core, some states have stronger track records in academic performance and student growth.

But every state has work to do.

“In almost every jurisdiction, these new standards represent a serious stretch, both for students and for schools,” writes Natasha Ushominsky, the report’s author.

For more details, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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