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.
Ann Marie Banfield: Parents want to know that their children can compute math problems.They are not sending their children to school for mental health evaluations, especially without parental knowledge or consent.
The New Hampshire Department of Education released last year’s Smarter Balanced and SAT scores which showed a decline in math and ELA proficiency.
The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette highlights in a recent editorial the testing woes that Indiana currently faces that include a problem with the new vendor.
California’s third-graders in 2017 have been under Common Core since the beginning, and still, only 47 percent meet or exceed the standards.
With Iowa’s departure, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium dwindles to 14 governing members and one affiliate down from the 31 states first involved.
California education leaders are warning parents and policymakers to use California’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores “with caution” prior to their release.
South Dakota students who earn a level 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced Assessment will receive a general acceptance letter from the state’s public universities.
Oregon schools showed a drop in proficiency in math and ELA as last school year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores were released.
High school juniors in West Virginia will take the SAT college entrance exam instead of the Smarter Balanced Assessment starting in Spring of 2018.