Supt Torlakson and CTA Hail Bill Bringing Assessments in Line with Standards
Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and CTA are commending the legislature for passing and the governor for signing today AB 484, a measure that will overhaul student assessments to align them with the Common Core State Standards.
CTA worked hard to help move AB 484, by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), through the legislature and to the governor’s desk because testing students on material they have never been taught makes no sense. Neither does forcing students to take two standardized tests in the same year. AB 484 will eliminate outdated tests, ensures accountability and allows students and educators to be better prepared for the new computer-based assessments under the Common Core State Standards.
"Today is a good day for the future of California’s students," said CTA President Dean Vogel. "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."
AB 484 suspends the bulk of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments for 2013-2014. It gives districts the chance to move toward implementing the new California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress assessments. The new assessments phase in during the 2014-2015 school year.
The new computer-based assessments focus on critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. They are designed to help students achieve the skills they will need to succeed in school and in the world of work.