Background on the Idaho Core Standards
In Idaho, we face a challenge. While Idaho students perform well academically in grades K-12, too many students graduate from high school unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education or the workforce. Other states face the same challenge.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Governor Otter decided to work together with other states to solve this problem. Through a voluntary, state-led effort, known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, states took the lead to develop new academic standards in mathematics and English language arts that are higher, more in depth, and comparable with any other country in the world.
With these standards in place, Idaho students will now graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. Whether your child chooses to go on to college, professional-technical school, the workforce or the military after high school, he or she will be prepared.
The standards that were developed:
After Idaho voluntarily chose to adopt these standards, they became known as Idaho's Core Standards.
How it came to be.
Superintendent Luna meets with other state chiefs to discuss the possibility of developing common standards through a state-led effort.
State Chiefs and Governors meet in Chicago to formalize the process of developing common standards in mathematics and English language arts through a state-led process.
Interested states sign a Memorandum of Agreement to work together through a state-led process without the involvement of the federal government.
States publish the final standards, known as Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts.
The Idaho State Department of Education hosted regional public meetings in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Weiser and McCall to gather input from educators, parents and patrons.
Idaho teachers review the standards and provide a comprehensive gap analysis comparing Idaho's previous standards and the new standards.
The Idaho State Board of Education provides initial review of the standards at its meeting in Pocatello and then holds 21-day public comment period.
The Idaho State Department of Education hosted regional public meetings in Idaho Falls (Ammon), Pocatello, Twin Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, and Meridian to gather input from educators, parents and patrons.
The Idaho State Department of Education hosted regional public meetings in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls (Ammon), Pocatello, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, and Meridian to gather input from educators, parents and patrons.
The Idaho State Board of Education adopts the standards at its meeting in Boise.
The House and Senate Education Committees of the Idaho Legislature vote to give final approval to adopt the standards as Idaho Core Standards in mathematics and English language arts.
The new Idaho Core Standards are higher and different than Idaho's previous standards. We recognize it will take time for students to master these new standards. Here is a look at how the standards are different in each subject are.
1. Challenging students with different types of texts.
2. Evidence from the text must be used in oral presentations or written papers.
3. Increased vocabulary across all grade levels.
4. Students will work more deeply in fewer topics.
5. Students will understand why the math works and be asked to talk about and prove their understanding.
6. Students will be asked to use math in real-world situations.
As Idaho transitions to new standards, the state also must develop a new assessment aligned with these higher standards. Idaho is phasing in a new test over three years. While the previous ISAT was a stagnant, multiple-choice-only test, the new Smarter Balanced Assessment will use different types of questions to measure a student's true ability in each subject area.
Administered online, the new assessment will adapt to each student's ability, providing parents and teachers with more accurate and meaningful information about what students are learning. To date, more than 100 Idaho teachers have been involved in developing the new Smarter Balanced Assessment for Idaho.
How will Smarter Balanced be different?
The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be different from Idaho's previous ISAT in several ways:
What will happen to the current ISAT?
What is the timeline for phasing in the new test?
What is a Field Test?
Why will students not receive test scores this year?
Why field test in all Idaho schools?
How can I help my child prepare for this new assessment?
Here are common myths you will hear about the new Idaho Core Standards and the facts to dispel them.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Idaho Core Standards.
For more information on the Idaho Core Standards, please visit the links below.