The pandemic compounded the challenge of teaching math at grade level when many California students may be three or four years behind.
A deeper dive into the Smarter Balanced test data reveals that the news is both better and worse than we previously realized.
Among the 24% of students who took the Smarter Balanced assessments in 2020-21, achievement gaps widened, and the youngest students struggled.
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.
EdSource reporters share insights on grading students, measuring English learner progress and new California State University chancellor Joe Castro's priorities.
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.