Common Core in Idaho:
Idaho Core Standards

Common Core was fully implemented into Idaho’s curriculum for the 2013–14 school year. Both Governor Otter and Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna, have been outspoken advocates of the Common Core.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

SB 1377 allows school districts to choose curriculum not approved by the state board of education, by giving school district boards of trustees authority to adopt new materials.


S 1296 establishes provisions for the protection of confidential data and provides a data security plan. HB 499 modifies current law to stress parental rights in education. S 1343 mandates that the legislature must ratify any standards put forth by the state department of education or state consortia regarding testing.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Idaho

Governor Otter
Supports CC

Superintendent Luna
Supports CC

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Updated: 6/2/2014