Get a look at new Idaho assessments

Idaho is moving to a new test to measure student academic progress in 2015 as part of its adoption of  the Idaho Core Standards.

You can get a peek at a practice test at

To access the tests by grade level, click on the “Explore the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests” link in the middle of the page and then click on the box titled “Student Interface Practice Tests.” From there, click “sign in” and explore the example test items by grade level, state education officials say.

“The practice tests are another tool we are able to provide parents, teachers and students in the coming years as we transition to higher academic standards in mathematics and English language arts,” said Tom Luna, state superintendent of public instruction. “In Idaho, we face a significant challenge. While we have one of the highest graduation rates in the United States, we rank nearly last in the nation when it comes to the number of students who pursue education after high school, which we know is critical to succeed in the workforce of today.”

Idaho Core Standards is part of Common Core a coalition of 45 states that are moving toward a common set of standards that will allow them to compare education progress across state lines. The new standards also require more critical thinking skills and students to show their work, instead of the multiple choice exams currently used in Idaho.

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