A plan to suspend California's standardized testing for certain grades while new computerized exams are developed could save $15 million, the state's top education official said.
State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recommended to the state Board of Education last week that the savings be used instead to develop higher-quality tests linked to new uniform but voluntary academic standards. They have been adopted by 45 states, including California, which plans to roll them out in the 2014-15 school year.
The new standards are aimed at fostering more critical thinking, sophisticated writing and other higher-level skills.