The Idaho Core Standards were created with the input of teachers, and strengthen and enrich the educational experience for both teachers and students. The Standards give teachers and local school districts the autonomy needed to shape curriculum and lesson plans and provide students with personalized learning opportunities. They support educators in their effort to teach important life skills – the ability to think critically, analyze information, form conclusions and communicate.

“For years, educators have embraced the various patchwork programs that have been introduced into their classrooms. While each program, in isolation, may have had nominal positive impacts on our students’ performance, educators realize that a bigger, more fundamental change is necessary. With the support of teachers, parents, lawmakers and other invested constituencies, the Idaho Core Standards can provide that fundamental change. We are pleased to join the coalition and look forward to working with the other partners to support sensible implementation of the Idaho Core Standards.”
– Penni Cyr, Idaho Education Association President

Were teachers involved in the creation of the standards?

Yes. Teachers have been a critical voice in the development of the standards. The Common Core State Standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Teachers were involved in the development process in four ways:

  1. They served on the Work Groups and Feedback Groups for the ELA and math standards.
  2. The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards
  3. Teachers were members of teams states convened to provide regular feedback on drafts of the standards.
  4. Teachers provided input on the Common Core State Standards during the two public comment periods.

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