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Thayn: Find alternative to 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.

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without getting public buy-in — comparing it to the flawed process surrounding the 2011 Students Come First laws, later repealed by voters.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. Read more. Kevin Richert, Idaho Ed News

"Extreme testing" that's a new one for me. What do you think? SAT or SBAC?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.