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Luna: ‘Fact is our students are doing better’

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna tells the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday that Idaho school students' performance has improved in the past 10 years, but choices lawmakers make now will determine if that progress continues. (Betsy Russell)
State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna tells the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Thursday that Idaho school students' performance has improved in the past 10 years, but choices lawmakers make now will determine if that progress continues. (Betsy Russell)

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna opened his budget pitch by telling lawmakers that 10 years ago, under Gov. Phil Batt, Idaho began an "educational journey" toward a new, standards-based system of education, rather than an inputs-based system. The idea, he said, was to determine what every student should learn each year, measure how they were doing against those standards, and provide the help needed to improve performance where it fell short. "We are now reaping the benefits of this 10-year process, but the choices we make today will determine ... if this progress will continue," Luna said.

"These investments in students are paying off," he said. "In fact, these results are impressive and undeniable. Idaho teachers now have additional tools and resources they have been asking for for years, and it's making a difference for Idaho students. ... The fact is our students are doing better."



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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