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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 – from 150 to 145 to pass, is expected to start in March.

SBAC faces mid-term test in upcoming legislative session

Idaho’s new standardized test — the SBAC — could face an important midterm this legislative session, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News. Known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam, for the multistate compact that created and devised it, the test went through a...

State Ed Board approves rule changes

Idaho’s state Board of Education met today to vote on a series of complex and mostly technical rule changes, and all were approved without opposition. They included one that drew comments at public hearings in North Idaho and in Canyon County regarding student testing, but...

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 locals will realize that you’re a new Spud fresh off the interstate. Oh, and remove your out-of-state car license plates ASAP.

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 turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.

Freedom Foundation underwriting lawsuit against Otter, Ybarra over Common Core

Although the Idaho Freedom Foundation isn’t a party to the new lawsuit filed against Gov. Butch Otter, schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra and state Board of Education Chairman Don Soltman over Idaho’s version of Common Core student testing, the IFF is underwriting the lawsuit. “They are...

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 Ybarra and state Board of Education President Don Soltman charging that Idaho’s version of Common Core standards for student learning and the tests tied to them are illegal.

Group led by IFF chairman sues Otter, Ybarra, Soltman over SBAC

Brent Regan, chairman of the board of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is the lead plaintiff in a new federal lawsuit filed against Gov. Butch Otter, state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and state Board of Education President Don Soltman charging that the Idaho core standards for...

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 standards. It’s the big dip in scores educators expected in the first year of the exams. Instead of the usual pass rates of 70 percent to 90 percent, students in the Coeur d’Alene School District dropped to the low 60s and 50s, and in a few cases below 40 percent, preliminary results show.

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 last week by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction show that roughly 90 percent of students statewide took the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring, a new test crafted around federal standards for achievement in math and language arts. Local school districts, including Spokane Public Schools and Central Valley School District, showed similar participation.

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 I have to look down,” admits the Coeur d’Alene student.