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Kindergarten teacher Lisa Honas reads to her class in April 2015 at Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS FILE PHOTO

BOISE — State legislators approved funding Tuesday for a new early reading test for kindergarten through third-grade students, the Idaho Department of Education announced.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved money for the new test — a computer-based assessment from Istation. It will replace the current Idaho Reading Indicator.

A panel of state and local educators chose the new test in December after a review process.

The Idaho Department of Education will ask for school districts interested in piloting the test next school year. About 10,500 students in participating schools will take both the new and old reading tests.

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The pilot will cost about $100,000. After that, the new test will cost about $450,000 each year for four years.

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