California in Testing Showdown With U.S. Department of Education
Freeze on exams draws rebuke
California’s move to suspend most of its accountability testing for one year—and the sharp rebuke that it's drawn from the U.S. Department of Education—illustrate the complications some states could face next spring when they juggle their own assessments with field tests of new common-core tests.
In an unusually stern statement Sept. 9, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that California’s plan “is not something we could approve in good conscience.” If the state proceeds with the plan anyway, “the department will be forced to take action, which could include withholding funds from the state,” he said.
While he applauded the state's commitment to implement the Common Core State Standards, Mr. Duncan said that “letting an entire school year pass for millions of students without sharing information on their schools’ performance with them and their families is the wrong way to go about this transition,” and that it amounted to “backing away entirely...
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