Common Core testing delay affects some Idaho schools

A field test of Common Core standards that was supposed to start Tuesday across the country has been pushed back a week, affecting a handful of Idaho school districts, including Boise.

Boise has moved its testing to March 31, after spring break, which begins next week. It will extend through May 12.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of 23 states creating the exam, is working to make certain the right questions are being funneled to the right grade levels, said Melissa McGrath, Idaho State Department of Education spokeswoman. The consortium is also working through some other quality assurance issues, such as  making certain servers can handle many kids taking the exam simultaneously.

Five other Idaho school district affected by the delay: Post Falls; Bonneville in Idaho Falls,  Coeur d’ Alene, Grace, Minidoka in Rupert; and Mountain View in Grangeville.

Across the country, 22 states are involved in the field test and all of them may have some districts affected by the one week delay, said Jacqueline King, consortium spokeswoman.

Idaho’s testing window was to begin on April 1, but some districts got permission to begin earlier.

Nationally, Connecticut announced Friday it will move its testing date to March 25.

“The SBAC organization’s delay is disappointing and the inconvenience this creates for our district is real,” said Stefan Pryor, Connecticut commissioner of education.

This year’s exam will not be scored. Students, their families and school districts will not get results. The exam is meant to field test some 22,000 questions to insure their validity.

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