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AP: Initial Common Core Testing Results Offer No Nationwide Comparisons

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The report comes with plenty of caveats: for instance, the Associated Press reports initial Common Core testing results are higher than expected, but still short of "what many parents may be accustomed to seeing."

The story, published Monday morning in newspapers across the nation, indicates that results from Idaho reveal nearly 50 percent or more of Gem State students that were tested were proficient or above in English language arts, but the results were lower for math. According to the AP, "less than 40 percent were proficient in five grade levels."

Idaho was one of 18 U.S. states that participated in the so-called "Smarter Balanced" testing during the last school year. A coalition of other states test their Common Core standards through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers (or PARCC) and still other states have developed their own tests; and a handful of states, including Texas and Alaska have chosen not to participate in Common Core. The crazy quilt of testing has left national education officials in a pickle because it won't be possible to compare student performance across a majority of states, which according to the AP is "one of Common Core's fundamental goals."