This morning, Richard Westerberg of the State Board of Education walked a K-12 legislative interim committee through the recommendations of the task force. Westerberg chaired the task force, attending a round of seven public hearings across the state in April.
This time around, Westerberg fielded a range of questions from lawmakers. Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, wondered why the task force was silent on pre-kindergarten. Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, wanted more details about the mechanics of a teacher career ladder program, which could cost $253 million over six years.
And Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, wondered about the details of a plan that would promote students based on subject mastery. “We don’t have any way to measure mastery right now.”
Westerberg acknowledged as much — and said, on almost all of the 21 task force recommendations, the state will need to appoint work groups to hammer out the details. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Here’s a link to my live blog from today’s meeting.