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Capitol News: Assembly Panel Approves CTA-backed Bill to Align Student Assessments with Common Core Standards

The Assembly Education Committee has okayed  AB 484, a CTA-approved measure by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) that seeks to bring student assessments in line width the new Common Core standards.

The bill suspends other testing not required for the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) report, federally required measurement of students’ progress. The bill substitutes for the current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program a newly established California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress for the 21st Century (CalMAPP21).

CTA does have concerns about how the remaining elements tied to AYP can be brought into synch width the common core and will be working width lawmakers and regulators on that issue.

The Association’s position on AB 484 reflects is conviction that student assessment’s primary function is to help teachers improve instruction by determining effective instructional strategies and appropriate learning experiences for students and by assisting students and their parents in identifying the student’s strength and needs.

AB 484 now heads to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

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