California, feds in showdown over overhaul of schools’ standardized testing plan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Senate is scheduled to vote this afternoon on Assembly Bill 484, which would suspend pencil-and-paper English and math exams and replace them with more complex computerized tests beginning next spring. The plan would result in the lack of student- and school-level test scores for at least a year.

That proposed lapse prompted Education Secretary Arne Duncan to issue a statement late Monday expressing opposition to California’s plan, which would require a federal waiver in order to take effect.

“A request from California to not measure the achievement of millions of students this year is not something we could approve in good conscience,” he said. “If California moves forward with a plan that fails to assess all its students, as required by federal law, the Department will be forced to take action, which could include withholding funds from the state.”

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