Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would allow school districts to substitute Smarter Balanced with ACT or SAT.
Data Quality Campaign reports there are 238 bills related to education data in state legislatures this year so far, and less than a third (70) have anything to do with protecting student data privacy.
John Walker: California education policy is an unmitigated disaster, and when it’s over the blame will rest in the hands of the SBE led by Michael Kirst and the State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson. If the legislature cannot find the courage to act, they are just as much to blame.
California’s third-graders in 2017 have been under Common Core since the beginning, and still, only 47 percent meet or exceed the standards.
California moves forward with a pilot of a new assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards regardless of the Feds rejection of their waiver.
In California while overall students saw an increase in their assessment scores compared to last year one group lags behind – foster care children.
How much has California schools spent on implementing Common Core? Who knows? EdSource reports that budget laws have made tracking the money difficult.
While it is unlikely that Common Core caused California’s teacher shortage, it is likely that it will exasperate the problem down the road.
Less than half of all California students pass the Smarter Balanced Assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards last school year.
California Department of Education officials first removed 15 years worth of test results to avoid comparison with Smarter Balanced, but later restored.