By Ian Hanigan
Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation that will replace the state’s old standardized testing system with more modern, computer-based assessments aligned with the new Common Core instructional standards.
Authored by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, D-Concord, the law suspends most Standardized Testing and Reporting exams for the current school year, meaning IUSD students won’t take California Standards Tests in the spring. (More on that in a moment.) That enables school districts to begin transitioning to the new California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress — or MAPP — assessments, which are slated to be administered during the 2014-15 school year.
“We are very pleased that the state has moved forward with new assessments that truly reflect the meaningful instruction that’s already taking place with the Common Core standards,” said Cassie Parham, IUSD’s assistant superintendent of education services. “These new standards take learning substantially deeper and align with our district’s own Continuous Improvement Efforts, and it’s critical that we not waste any more time with antiquated assessments.”
“At the same time, with the suspension of STAR testing, every school district in California now has an opportunity to engage more deeply with the Common Core State Standards,” she said.
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