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.
11th graders suffering test fatigue from too many tests and SAT better positions underserved students for college, proponents say.
College entrance exams less fair, more at risk for problems, opponents say.
Superintendents say free college readiness testing for all would raise SAT/ACT scores and boost college admissions. Opponents say AB 1951 would undermine the usefulness of high school testing.
Student advocacy groups and academics are seeking to adopt a model other states use to calculate the impact of students’ test score growth, but state staff urge patience.
Recent reforms are translating into improved performance, says former state schools chief.
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.
Website provides flexibility, trend data in looking at state's standardized test results.
The study showed a significant increase in math performance, especially among low-income high school students.
Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests.
State assumed more districts' scores would grow, and they didn't. That created a problem; designating fewer districts in the 'red' is part of the fix.
An Education Trust-West study found wide achievement gaps, even though Latino students make up a majority of students.
State may change color configurations on the school dashboard to reduce the number of districts and student subgroups requiring county assistance.
Third-graders, the first class taught according to Common Core standards since kindergarten, show the biggest gains.