BOISE, Idaho | By KEITH RIDLER (AP)   –   A panel of Idaho lawmakers has taken testimony involving Idaho’s education standards on English and literacy for the state’s 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday opted not to vote on a recommendation to the full House on whether to approve or reject them until also hearing testimony on math and science standards in coming days. The standards are benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states to describe what students should know after completing each grade.

Those opposed to keeping them say they are failing Idaho students.

Those in favor of keeping them say that are keeping Idaho students competitive.