Idaho lawmakers aim to replace education content standards


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House on Monday overwhelmingly approved two bills as part of a process to replace educational content standards for the 310,000 K-12 students.

The House on Monday voted 67 to 3 for a bill to replace Idaho’s content standards for English language, arts, math and science. The House also approved 60-8 a resolution to reject the current standards.

Backers say the change is needed to have Idaho-based standards. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

Republican Representative Lance Clow, chairman of the House Education Committee, said the new content standards could be implemented later this year if the rest of the plan falls into place.

“It’s been a long, arduous journey to get here, and I’m glad he came out with very strong support, and I’m confident the Senate will mirror what the House has done,” he said.

Idaho’s content standards are heavily based on the Common Base Standards. Common Core Standards are benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states to describe what students should know after completing each year.

Idaho’s new content standards aren’t much different, Clow said. He said the English language, arts and math had changed the most, while science standards had relatively little change.

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