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Governor signs student assessment bill supported by PTA
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed legislation that overhauls student assessments to align future testing with the Common Core State Standards. California State PTA supported the bill, AB 484, by Assembly Member Susan Bonilla and sponsored by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
California State PTA President Colleen A.R. You issued the following statement in response:
"AB 484 helps California take a sensible step in the transition to a new assessment system that will align future testing with the Common Core State Standards and foster high-quality teaching and learning in California’s classrooms.
"This bill helps serve the needs of all students. It clearly signals the state’s commitment to implementation of the deeper learning and critical thinking skills embedded in the Common Core State Standards, while also ensuring we do not over-test our children.
"Ensuring all children have the opportunity to acquire critical 21st century skills has been a top legislative priority for the California State PTA and we commend the Governor for signing this legislation."
AB 484 calls for the new computer-based assessments known as the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP) to permanently replace the STAR test in the 2014-15 school year. Suspending most STAR tests this year will provide opportunities for more of California’s students to participate in field-tests of these new assessments. The shift to the computer-based assessments that require students to analyze and solve problems will better prepare students for college and careers in the new economy.
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Statewide bus tour on Local Control Funding Formula seeks to put parents and students in the driver's seat
The California Endowment has announced dates for a 12-city School Success Expressbus tour and series of community forums providing students, parents and community members with the opportunity to meet with state and local education leaders to discuss how California's new LocalControl Funding Formula (LCFF) can improve our schools.
California State PTA supports this tour and we encourage you to attend an event in your area.
Stops on the "School Success Express" will offer students, parents and other community members the chance to share their thoughts on how to best improve academic achievement and prepare students for college and careers. Events will begin with a short video explaining the new law, after which the floor will be opened to allow students, parents and other community members to provide input to state decision-makers. The State Board of Education will issue guidance to school districts in early 2014, explaining how schools will be held accountable under the new law.
A custom-decorated "School Success Express" bus will travel with the tour, providing free transportation to the forums.
SCHOOL SUCCESS EXPRESS SCHEDULE OF COMMUNITY FORUMS
- Sept. 30 South Kern
- Oct. 7 Eastern Coachella Valley
- Oct. 9 South Sacramento
- Oct. 21 East Oakland
- Oct. 22 Richmond
- Oct. 24 Southwest Merced/East Merced County
- Oct. 29 Central Santa Ana
- Oct. 30 City Heights (San Diego)
- Nov. 4 East Salias (Alisal)
- Nov. 6 Fresno
- Nov. 13 Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands
- TBD Los Angeles
– Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction