42% of Idaho's college freshmen aren't ready for college-level work and spend their tuition gaining remedial skills they should've received for free in high school.
While Idaho students perform well academically in grades K-12, too many students graduate from high school unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education or the workforce. Other states face the same challenge. Therefore, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna decided to work together through a voluntary, state-led effort to find solutions to this challenge. This became known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Idaho adopted the standards in January 2011 and implementation will take place during the 2013 - 2014 school year.