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SACRAMENTO – California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement commending Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 484—a bill that will overhaul the state’s testing and accountability system and align it to the new Common Core State Standards :
“Today is a good day for the future of California’s students. We clearly have dynamic state leaders committed to working together for the sake of our children. Congratulations to Gov. Jerry Brown, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Legislature for taking bold steps with the AB 484 legislation to ensure our state, students and educators are better prepared for implementing the Common Core State Standards. Suspending state testing this year while the state overhauls its assessments and accountability system and aligns it to the new standards is the right thing to do for our students and will help make this historic transition work.
“This law frees students from an outdated testing system and gives them an opportunity to do a practice run this school year on the new computer-based tests. It makes no sense to test students on material they haven’t been taught or to force them to take two tests.
“Although our students are always more than a test score, the tests they do take must be relevant and meaningful. This law helps ensure we have an accountability system that works for California.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.