A state advisory committee that spent more than two years trying to find a way to rejigger the Academic Performance Index is now recommending moving away from that single number in favor of a more comprehensive system allowing for a broader picture of school effectiveness.
California policymakers say they intend to create a different system for reporting results of the upcoming tests on the Common Core standards than parents and schools have become used to in the era of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The State Board of Education, as expected, voted Thursday to move ahead in the spring with the new Smarter Balanced tests on the Common Core State Standards while leaving open, for now, the decision on what to do with the test results.
In a report released this week, a state task force called for a revival of civics education, transforming it from “an afterthought” – an undervalued social studies class – to a core element of community engagement and learning in all grades. The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning issued its final report this week.
For nine of the last 10 years, scores on California’s standardized tests steadily rose, indicating the testing system did what it was supposed to do and raised student achievement. That streak ended and exposed an ongoing achievement gap with Thursday’s release of the 2013 Academic Performance Index, or API.