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Common Core: Idaho to field-test exams in 2014

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests, exams tied to the Common Core state standards, won’t count until the spring of 2015.

But Idaho schools will field-test the exams in the spring of 2014, after Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave states the green light for the field test earlier this week.

Here’s another wrinkle. The state will dump its Idaho Standards Achievement Test for 2013-14, to prevent double-testing. Students will take ISATs only when they are required to graduate.

Here’s more about the Idaho Core Standards — and more about the assessment changes from Idaho Education News’ Clark Corbin.

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

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