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  • Wednesday, October 02, 2013


    Brown signs AB 484

    Gov Brown signs AB 484- 
    ending most California Standardized Testing
    Today Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 484. The new law immediately suspends most of the old California Standardized tests (STAR) and funds a trial run this year of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments. 

    The new tests are suppose to be taken on computers, but the new law also provides a written test for districts that do not have the technology available for testing on computers. By most estimates, that testing caveat applies to most of California districts.

    The new tests are aligned with the new Common Core curriculum.

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released  a statement that included:

    “I’ve said from the beginning, California needs tests that measure how ready our students are for the challenges of a changing world.

    (Full statement here:  Torlakson  )

    In addition to the federal Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan opposing the California law,
    a number of groups, including Ed Voice, Educators 4 Excellence, Teach Plus, and Parent Revolution, had urged Brown to veto the law.

    Opponents to the law cited the prospect of a year's worth of missing assessment data.  Duncan had threatened to withhold federal funding if California passed the law,

    The new law only funds either the math or English parts of the new Smarter Balance Assessments in grades 3-8 and 11 for a district, but not both. A school district giving both tests would pay for the second test itself. 

    No individual scores, school performance scores, or statewide results will be generated from the initial trial run in the spring.

    FULL TEXT of new LAW: AB 484

    Legislative Analysis of Law: Analysis

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