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Monday, March 23, 2015

Controversial new exams are coming to Idaho schools. How will they affect education?

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

” The tests are billed as more demanding than the exams students took in previous years, because they set higher knowledge bars and require students to analyze and show their work. That’s much different than the old Idaho Standards Achievement Tests, which were multiple choice. As a result, state education leaders don’t want Idahoans to expect much when results come out later this spring. They expect lower scores. “The standards are quite a bit more rigorous, and because of that I think there will be some struggles,” said Leora White, an eighth-grade algebra teacher at Nampa’s Lone Star Middle School. “I don’t think that we will have as many students proficient as we did before. But the kids know that.” The Common Core test covers math and English language arts. State education leaders anticipate that 33 percent to 39 percent of students will meet or exceed the standards in math, and 38 percent to 41 percent will meet or exceed them in English. Under the old ISAT, proficiency rates ranged between 80 percent and 90 percent.”(more)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Idaho schools struggle to find teachers

The Idaho Statesman – JULIE WOOTTON AND BILL ROBERTS

“Many schools in the Magic Valley and other parts of Idaho are searching hard for instructors. To hire an unlicensed one, they must show that all attempts to hire a certified teacher failed. The Idaho Department of Education says hiring unlicensed teachers is for “emergency situations.” But more schools are relying on them to ensure that they have enough people to staff their classrooms.” (more)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chobani Gets Nod for USDA’s School Yogurt Program

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Upstate New York’s Chobani has been chosen by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt for a school lunch pilot program being launched in seven states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and New York, this fall.” (more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

House education panel passes parental rights bill

Education Week – AP

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee have approved a bill that says parents have both a right and an obligation to participate in their child’s education.”(more)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Idaho One of Five States to Receive a STEM Education Grant

The Idaho State Journal – Journal Staff

“One of only five states to receive, the Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) in STEM Careers grant has been awarded to Idaho, according to Complete College America officials.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Idaho students are scared of science and math

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“Recent University of Idaho research indicates that getting and holding the interest of students in STEM is a complicated, nuanced undertaking. It is influenced by teachers, school counselors, parents, gender, career perceptions and locale.”(more)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Idahoans raise objections to Common Core standards

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“The new education standards draw suspicion among those who say they don’t measure up to students’ needs.” (more)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Goldman Sachs to Finance Early Education Program

Dealbook – NY Times – William Alden

“Goldman Sachs is making its second foray into an experimental method of financing social services, lending up to $4.6 million for a childhood education program in Salt Lake City. This “social impact bond,” in which Goldman stands to make money if the program is successful but will lose its investment if it fails, will support a preschool program intended to reduce the need for special education and remedial services. The upshot, in theory, is that taxpayers will not have to bear the upfront cost of the program.”(more)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Our View: Common Core reform only common sense

The Idaho Statesman – Opinion

“So here is our standard for deciding to support Common Core/Idaho Core Standards: It promotes engaging students to exercise critical thinking with their accumulated knowledge.”(more)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Common Core will reshape Idaho classrooms

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“Critical thinking will be as important as getting the right answer under new education standards.”(more)