State suspends use of test scores to measure school quality

The LA Times reported today that California’s State Board of Education voted to once again suspend the API. Unlike last year’s suspension decision, this discussion included an attempt to reevaluate the API’s current emphasis on standardized test scores. However, there are also practical reasons for continuing to halt the API; this decision was no doubt largely informed by the need to get a better understanding of how the newly adopted standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessments, will go this year. According to LAUSD’s lobbyist, Edgar Zazueta, “Bottom line, we need more time to learn from the new testing platform and to continue to work with our students, parents and teachers as we transition to a new accountability system.” What this new accountability system will be remains unclear.

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