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Sherri Ybarra – On the Issues – Idaho Core Standards


IDAHO CORE STANDARDS

Idaho Common Core standards were adopted by Idaho in 2010 - 2011 in Math and English Language Arts to address the inferior achievement and inconsistencies of the past. These “standards” are expectations or goals for students, replacing Idaho’s inconsistent and “mile-deep” and unclear set of expectations. The consistency of the Idaho Core standards will provide a clear set of expectations and targets, especially for students that are vulnerable, such as: children of poverty, homelessness, English-Language Learners, or mobile students-- who may have personal or economic reasons for moving.

CHALLENGES FACING COMMON CORE

There are valid concerns surrounding the adoption process of the Idaho Common Core; however, Idaho Common Core is the critical first step in achievement, as the research confirmed our students needed a more challenging educational framework; that was better organized” Furthermore, the Idaho Common Core challenges can be managed, if we continue to concentrate less on it being a “political football” and more on proper implementation, public input, local control, and the Idaho way of testing --for student growth.

Examples include more training for teachers, more tools for teaching students, and managerial independence for our leaders. We need to monitor testing, so that it isn’t fear-based, does not contain “cut scores,” and is age-appropriate. We have always had standards, and Sherri’s concerns lie more with the testing -- than the standards.


IDAHO COMMON CORE – WHAT IT IS NOT

Common Core is not a curriculum, but a defined set of “outcomes” for students.

Common Core Does Not:

  • Dictate lesson plans
  • Dictate specific curriculum
  • Dictate workbooks
  • Dictate textbooks

LOCAL CONTROL – CURRICULUM

Local control is essential. Locally elected school boards, along with the input of patrons, parents, and educators are able to select and create curriculum (textbooks, workbooks, lesson plans, technology) that is engaging and consistent with those outcomes. The Idaho Common Core can give districts the flexibility to choose what is best--at their local level, keeping that long-term educational “end" or "result" in mind.

PROVEN EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP

As a certified Superintendent, current Curriculum Director and Federal Programs Director, Sherri works with the local school board in leading the supervisory staff of nine schools to their potential in achievement--all while working collaboratively as a team player on business knowledge, grants, curriculum choices, and research, as they relate to programs and the efficient use of your money.

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