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Idaho officially adopts Common Core State Standards

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011 22:24 PM

More states are opting to adopt the Common Core State Standards, because they provide an easier method of determining exactly how students match up against each other on a national level. Because there are so many forms of standardized tests, the Common Core State Standards offer a uniform outlook on how pupils compare.

Idaho announced that it was the 43rd state to adopt the standards recently. Although the state's board of education had previously agreed to the standards in November, the move had yet to go through official approval, which occurred at the end of January.

"This is a great day for Idaho students. By implementing Common Core State Standards, we can ensure every student graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce, and once there, does not need remediation," Superintendent Tom Luna said in a statement. "This is our ultimate goal, and Idaho students are ready for this challenge."

As a result of adopting these standards, the state must now work to ensure its public school curriculum implements it over the next few years.