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Idaho Briefs April 8, 2010

| April 8, 2010 9:00 PM

State tests canceled for next school year; Man shot after fight with co-worker

State tests canceled for next school year

IDAHO FALLS - The state superintendent of public instruction has canceled two statewide tests for the upcoming school year.

Tom Luna said Tuesday the Direct Writing Assessment and the Direct Math Assessment will not be administered during the 2010-11 school year. Not administering and scoring the exams will save the Department of Education about $250,000, the Post Register reported.

Idaho Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath says cost savings played a part in the decision, but the need for better assessments is also important. McGrath says education officials are looking for tests that "give districts better data sooner."

Man shot after fight with co-worker

BOISE - The Canyon County sheriff's office says a man was shot in a southwestern Idaho hop field after an altercation with a co-worker.

Sergeant Christopher McCormick says deputies responded at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a shooting at the field near Wilder, which is about 40 miles west of Boise.

McCormick says the man was shot following a verbal fight with his co-worker, who then fled. The shooting victim was being treated at a hospital late Wednesday for non-life threatening injuries.

- The Associated Press

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