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A Common Core backlash bill?

This bill won’t affect the new Idaho Core Standards — but it was clearly written with the new standards in mind. Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian The Senate Education Committee voted to introduce a bill that would require the Legislature to endorse —

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Twenty questions, more or less, on Common Core exam

After a heated hearing on a new test aligned to Common Core standards, Chairman John Goedde urged Senate Education Committee members to submit written questions to state education officials. Sen. Steven Thayn took Goedde up on the suggestion — and with gusto.

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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

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Statehouse Common Core showdown Jan. 22

Circle Jan. 22 on your calendars. That’s when the Senate and House education committees will hold a joint meeting to discuss the controversial Idaho Core Standards. It’s not going to be a public hearing per se. The public won’t be

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Thayn opposes Common Core assessments

Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett The school superintendents opposing a time-consuming test aligned to Common Core standards have an unlikely ally: Sen. Steven Thayn. The Emmett Republican tells Idaho Education News that he has spoken to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom

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A potential power struggle over Common Core tests

The superintendents identify themselves as members of the Southern Idaho Conference — a throwback to the times that their meetings focused on hashing out football schedules. These days, the superintendents are taking on more substantive matters — such as how

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Superintendents, Gooding School District back Common Core

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

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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 http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/. To access the tests by

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