For the second straight year, California will ask the federal government to exempt it from using scores on the new assessments that students will take this spring to measure progress in math and English language arts, a key requirement under the No Child Left Behind law.
The Obama administration last week announced draft regulations to evaluate the effectiveness of more than 2,000 teacher preparation programs nationwide, but how exactly they would apply to California is unclear.
President Obama’s call for universal preschool appears to have stalled in Washington due to political gridlock, but administration officials are hoping that states like California will pick up the slack.
With a nod to California, a new report suggests overhauling how school and student success is measured in the United States. It says there should be far more emphasis on ongoing assessments of students as part of the regular classroom instruction.
After months of negotiations, seven California school districts have received a one-year extension of the waivers from the federal government exempting them from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in return for meeting a slew of new requirements.
In the midst of her first swing through California, the president-elect of the National Education Association praised the Common Core State Standards and California’s measured approach in implementing them but warned about the use of standardized tests.