At 03:28 PM 9/2/2013, Greg Goodknight wrote:

Common Core is a doubling down on a national level by the self described reformers. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night. In yet another parallel to the '90's, the state of California may be on a path (a bill is moving through the legislature) of stopping all K-12 state testing (the STAR program) and there is no immediate plan on starting a new testing program anytime soon, so the state's schools will be flying blind on a Common Core flight plan until some legislature in the future reinstates some measure besides the CC's boosters saying how much more math (and everything else) the kids are now learning.

Your education industry dollars at work.
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Friday, August 30, AB484 passed out of California State Senate Appropriations Committee and will head to the full State Senate floor.
 
The intent of the bill is to suspend all state testing and to permanently end the STAR testing program that has tracked proficiency in California for more than a decade.
 
Theoretically, the STAR testing program is to be replaced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests, but those tests have not yet been developed and there are no assurances the new tests will be implemented in coming years.
 
Also AB484 permanently will end all tracking in California of Algebra 1 proficiency, including a permanent ban on tracking how many California 7th or 8th graders achieve proficiency in Algebra at the end of those years.  While local school districts may provide students options for accelerated mathematics, California, as a state, no longer will evaluate or collect data on such pathways.
 
Theoretically, there will be one math standardized test administered in 11th grade at some undecided future year to all juniors.  That exam will include Algebra 2 as the primary evaluated standard, though it is questionable if that test ever will make it to students.
 
Effectively, California will be done, statewide, with any tracking or school-to-school comparisons of high school math proficiencies.  And, California will end data collection of any achievement gaps for mathematics between students of different demographics, economic backgrounds or geographies.
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In other words, if you see some progress - no matter how incrementally small - stamp it out before it spreads.  That's why California recently increased its taxes by public initiative, "for the students".

Wayne