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Grading the Test

The Idaho teachers who are trying out a new reading test generally like what they see, so far.

But the Boise State University researchers who surveyed the teachers aren’t jumping to any conclusions. They say it is simply too soon to grade the new test — a possible replacement for the old Idaho Reading Indicator.

That leaves lawmakers nervous about putting more money into the pilot. Two key legislators are even questioning the value of a statewide reading test in the first place.

The debate over the reading test is playing out largely behind the scenes at the Statehouse. The outcome will affect how Idaho identifies at-risk readers, and how the state hands out millions of taxpayer dollars for extra reading help.

Read Kevin Richert’s Full Article.