• From our Superintendent

    Dear Parents:

    In January of 2011, Idaho became one of forty-seven states and U.S. territories to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Over the next few years, you will notice some changes to instruction and testing in our schools that will directly impact your child. It is essential that you know about these changes and what resources are available to help you support your child.


    • The CCSSs are a national set of learning expectations for college and career success that were developed by teachers, parents, school administrators, and education experts.
    • The standards were developed out of partnership between the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association and are not an initiative of the federal government.
    • These newly adopted standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in K-12 math and language arts.


    • The purpose of adopting the CCSS is not simply to align with other states, but rather to raise the bar in all grades to ensure that our students are receiving a relevant and rigorous education.
    • The adoption of the CCSS means that your child will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and/or the work place in the 21st century. Today's global economy means that our students need to possess academic standards by the completion of twelfth grade to ensure their success in college and/or workforce.


    This change has already begun to take place in many of our schools.

    • Changes in curriculum and common testing procedures will begin in the Fall of 2013

    For additional information please go to https://www.cdaschools.org/commoncore. If you have additional questions as to how this might impact your child's education, please feel free to contact your child’s school.



    Matthew Handelman

    Superintendent, Coeur d’Alene School District 271