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US Approves California's New K-12 Testing Plan

Associated Press (03/07/14) Leff, Lisa

The U.S. Department of Education has approved California's plan to conduct an experimental trial run of the new computer-based Smarter Balanced standardized language and math tests during spring 2014. The tests will replace the current Standardized Testing and Reporting tests (STAR), but no results will be made available for this test run. The department granted the state a one-year federal waiver from the reporting requirements detailed under the No Child Left Behind Act, though high schools will still be required to show that they are making progress via the scores from the high school exit exam. "Approval of this waiver could not have come at a better time. In little more than a week, some 3 million students will begin the largest field test of these new assessments of any state in the nation," said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
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