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Idaho lawmaker: Ditch Common Core-based exam

A multistate exam designed to support the new Idaho Core Standards is a form of “extreme testing,” and it should be scrapped, state Sen. Steven Thayn said Tuesday.

Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett

Thayn, R-Emmett, said the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam could be replaced by other assessments. Options could include the Scholastic Aptitude Test taken by most Idaho 11th graders, and the Idaho Standards Achievement Test that the state is phasing out in favor of the Common Core-based SBAC exam.

In a two-page news release Tuesday, Thayn said Common Core standards supporters are pressing on without getting public buy-in — comparing it to the flawed process surrounding the 2011 Students Come First laws, later repealed by voters.

“This time I will listen,” Thayn said.

Idaho is one of 23 states helping to write the SBAC exam, and has been closely involved in its development.

For more details, here’s a link to my full 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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