State Board agrees to cut as much as 2 hours from lengthy Smarter Balanced assessments; parents won't receive as many details as in past.
While other measures are important, the key questions most parents should ask are “Is my child growing as a reader?” and “Is my child developing a love of reading?”
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
UC is being asked not to create its own test to replace the SAT. Students may instead be able to submit scores from 11th grade state exams.
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.
ACT and SAT are better measures of college readiness than state tests, proponents say.
School districts can't cancel testing without approval, but they can delay it to later in the school year.
California’s largest school district published academic growth data, which measure how students improve from year to year.