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.