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UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11 p.m.

Labrador talks education, lowering taxes at Post Falls campaign stop

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador promised to lower taxes, expand school choice and eliminate Common Core if elected the next governor of Idaho at a Post Falls campaign stop Wednesday.


Common Core scores provide lessons

Given the states’ apples-oranges comparisons, one path forward for Washington is to compare its own results year-by-year to evaluate whether students are increasing their mastery of the material.


GED Testing Service to lower score it takes to pass

Thousands who failed the GED exam could retroactively receive their diplomas in a couple of months because the score required to pass the test will soon be lowered. The drop …


Core testing boycott could endanger millions in funding for Idaho schools

Idaho school officials say a nascent movement among some anti-Common Core parents to boycott required annual student testing could endanger tens of millions in federal funding for the state’s cash-strapped …


Huckleberries: Smile when you say ‘Athol,’ friend

If you’re planning to move to Idaho, you should learn how to pronounce the names of towns, including Boise, Moscow, Kamiah, Weippe, Coeur d’Alene, and, of course, Athol. Otherwise, the …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 24, 2015, 10:02 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus

Eye on Boise: Idaho state budget building toward surplus


Obama: Cap class time devoted to standardized student tests

Targeting one of education’s most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for …


Regan, IFF sue Idaho over Common Core tests

Brent Regan, chairman of the board of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is the lead plaintiff in a new federal lawsuit filed against Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, state schools Superintendent Sherri …


Coeur d’Alene School District’s first-year Common Core scores low

The switch to Common Core is having a predictable outcome right out of the chute: Far fewer students are passing the demanding statewide tests aligned to the rigorous new educational …


Juniors opt out of new assessment tests at high rate in Spokane area

Local students who opted out of Washington’s new assessment tests likely did so because of exam fatigue, not because of furor over Common Core standards, school officials say. Numbers released …


Students being taught to type at an earlier age

Ayla Vick sits at a desktop computer with her hands on the keyboard. She places her fingers on the home row, stretching them to form words on the screen. “Sometimes …


Democrats have hope in Idaho schools chief race

BOISE – Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats’ best chance of capturing a statewide office in Idaho this year is the state school superintendent’s post. It’s an open seat in …


Common Core textbooks arrive at Spokane elementary schools

New textbooks are arriving at elementary schools in Spokane County’s largest district, launching widespread adoption of the Common Core curriculum. Common Core is a set of national standards in language …


Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher fight for GOP vote in Idaho’s governor’s race

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has built a long political career on disdain for the federal government, stirring talk of freedom and encouraging Idahoans to be the “architects of …


Computer-based SBAC exams introduced in Washington, Idaho schools

Students at Winton Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene will sit at computers next week and enter a whole new world of testing – one that emphasizes critical thinking, real-world applications …


Spokane Public Schools overhauls reading, writing program

A dip in reading test scores among younger students is driving Spokane Public Schools back to basics. The state’s second-largest school district will begin teaching cursive writing again, for example. …


Idaho education boss seeks higher standards

Idaho’s education chief made the case Thursday for moving forward with higher academic standards for public schools, saying the state must better prepare students for college, trade schools and the …


Lawmaker: Write cursive into Idaho school standards

BOISE – Idaho’s public school students shouldn’t lose the ability to read cursive, warns state Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, a retired history teacher. “What will that do to historical …