While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
There are signs of "encouragement" and "distress" in implementing the Common Core standards after four years of Smarter Balanced testing. There is also a dilemma: 11th-grade results.
Dozens of districts are offering the tests at their own expense already, because scores on SAT and ACT, not Smarter Balanced, are what matters to high school juniors.
State Superintendent Torlakson and some superintendents are at odds on the issue. An analysis by the prominent nonprofit Achieve will add fuel to the debate.
Patrick O’Donnell says students would benefit from subbing SAT or ACT for Smarter Balanced math and reading exams
The test’s content was dramatically changed last year to align much more closely with subject material taught in high school. Gaps among racial groups persist in California and nationally.
SAT and Smarter Balanced explore the potential of a partnership, even as they compete for market share.
However, fewer than 1 percent nationwide are interested in teaching STEM subjects, a new ACT report finds.