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California Submits Waiver Application to Federal Government to Avoid 'Double Testing' Students

Sierra Sun Times (11/22/13)

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the state will expand an upcoming field test of modern, computer-based assessments for math and English-language arts. He adds that the state is applying for a federal waiver to prevent double-testing of students under the field test and the Standardized Testing and Reporting program (STAR), which was ended under Assembly Bill 484. "This move to up-to-date new assessments marks a major step forward in California's work to ensure that every student graduates equipped to succeed in college and careers. These field tests simply make good sense, and expanding them to include both subjects for most students makes even better sense-in contrast to 'double testing' students, which makes little sense at all," Torlakson says. This spring, grades 3-8, grade 11, and a small sample of grade 9-10 students will be tested in both math and English during the Smarter Balanced field test from March 18 through June 6, 2014. The new assessment becomes operational in the 2014-15 school year. "As I have said, I believe everyone-from educators to parents and from Sacramento to Washington-shares the same goal: a modern assessment and accountability system that supports teaching and learning in the classroom and prepares every child for a bright future," he says.
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