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Panel: ‘We’re worried that the standards might be too high,’ ‘We have a 5-year phase-in’

From the Idaho core standards forum panelists:

Bruce Cook of the Madison School District said his district had five-star schools without the new standards, and he believes their cost outweighs their benefits. “We’re worried that the standards might be too high, and the test definitely is too hard,” he said. “We have to teach to the test.” Stephanie Zimmerman, of Idahoans for Local Education, said she believes the standards call for advanced concepts too early. “It is not developmentally appropriate for our younger grades,” she said.

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna said, “Our five-star rating system does take into account a number of factors, not just how they perform on the statewide assessment. … We have a five-year phase-in system for these standards. We adopted the standards in 2011. It will still be another year before students are tested against these higher standards.”

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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