Two more groups have joined Idahoans for Excellence in Education, a coalition backing Idaho Core Standards making their way through the state’s public schools this fall.
The Idaho School Superintendents Association and Gooding School District will join 18 other groups from business and education who say the standards will improve education.
“The group believes that the Idaho Core Standards will provide students opportunities for deeper understanding of coursework and will lead students to become proficient critical thinkers,” said Joel Wilson, Preston School District superintendent and association president.
Heather Williams, superintendent of Gooding School District, said, “The new standards are better aligned to college and career readiness and have been designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so they can be successful in college and the workforce.”
Critics of Idaho Core Standards complain they amount to a takeover of state and local school districts by the federal government and opponents want the Legislature to rethink its decision in 2011 supporting the standards, which paved their way into Idaho public schools.
Common Core standards, are in 45 states and Washington D.C.
Among other groups backing Idaho Core Standards are Boise and Meridian school districts, Micron Technology Inc., and the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.