House committee hears from National Conference of State Legislatures on education policy

As part of Idaho’s Education Week, today the Housing Education Committee heard a presentation from Michelle Extrom, Education Program Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures on Educator Effectiveness. IEA President Penni Cyr attended, and reported that “many of their proposals were right in line with IEA’s Education Excellence Task Force report.” The report…

Education tops talks next week

Next week is being billed as “education week” at the statehouse. Early each January, lawmakers shine the spotlight on all levels of our state’s public education system. It’s an opportunity for lawmakers to learn more about the many programs each of these important institutions are implementing to help ensure greater student achievement.

House Education Committee hears presentation on Common Core standards

This morning, representatives from the State Department of Education spoke to the House Education Committee on the Common Core standards. Their presentation focused on the background and goals of the standards; however, there was little discussion regarding teacher professional development in preparation for the rollout of the standards in all Idaho classrooms that begins in…