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Boise schools adding their own achievement tests to compare to SBAC results

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise School District will spend nearly $200,000 on tests this year to supplement Idaho's new statewide achievement test. The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1RQQf0s ) that this year the district is administering 20-minute multiple choice tests in math and reading in grades three through 10 to see how students compare to the Common Core State Standards. District officials say they ordered the additional tests because the Idaho Standard Achievement Test by Smarter Balanced does not provide specific data about gaps in student learning. The district is using the STAR programs in math and reading from the Wisconsin-based company Renaissance Learning. The tests show specific needs in classrooms, allowing teachers to vary their lesson plans in order to help their specific class's needs.



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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