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.
For more information about California State PTA’s commitment to ensuring all children have access to a high-quality education, visit www.capta.org.
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California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org.