Federal Lawsuit Targets Idaho Core Standards, SBAC Exam

Sep 29, 2015

Lawmakers and Idahoans pack a Statehouse committee room for a January 2014 hearing on Idaho Core Standards. With a lawsuit filed Monday, the Common Core debate could shift to a federal courtroom.
Credit Idaho Education News

The debate over Idaho Core Standards could be headed to a federal courtroom — with a focus on the tests aligned to the new standards.

On Monday, a group of 10 plaintiffs filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, seeking to “cease implementation” of Idaho’s version of Common Core and throw out the state’s testing contract with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

The lawsuit contends that SBAC is “an unlawful interstate compact” never approved by Congress.SBAC has administered Common Core exams in 18 states, including Idaho. The SBAC test administered earlier this year will be the first that are used to measure student growth and school performance. However, Idaho’s relationship with SBAC goes back several years; Idaho is a governing state in the multistate testing program.http://www.idahoednews.org/news/a-seat-at-the-table-gives-idaho-sbac-influence/#.VgsLEvlVhrN

“Idaho taxpayers have and will suffer irreparable harm if taxpayer funds continue to be disbursed by the state of Idaho to support SBAC,” according to the 36-page complaint.

The lawsuit refocuses the simmering debate over the Idaho Core Standards in math and English language arts, and the tests designed to measure students’ command of the new standards. But the complaint also cuts along a lingering fault line in Idaho’s Republican Party, pitting conservative upstarts against establishment Republicans.

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