September 10, 2021
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.
May 20, 2021
Voluntary guidance for math instruction faces criticism from parents saying it stunts potential for students in advanced math pathways.
May 4, 2021
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
May 3, 2021
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
April 8, 2021
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
April 2, 2021
Local assessments an option if statewide tests aren't viable during pandemic, California officials signal
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.
March 17, 2021
The state model curriculum will provide guidelines, but districts will face the hard decisions on what and how to teach ethnic studies.
January 14, 2021
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
December 24, 2020
An EdSource survey of the state’s 58 counties shows most California students are learning online, and many districts that had not reopened for face-to-face instruction are postponing their plans, if only temporarily, during current health crisis.
November 4, 2020
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.
October 1, 2020
The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
September 11, 2020
Allen has been a civil rights lawyer and deputy education policy director. He’ll juggle two jobs serving both Newsom and the state board.
August 1, 2020
The revision stresses inclusion but keeps focus on four ethnic/racial groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.