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New Statewide Test for Education Proposed in California

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Recognizing that California must plan for the future, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson brought together 59 leaders from across California— teachers, parents, community, labor and business leaders—to share their thinking about education in the state. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Great Schools, provides vision and direction for our education system, including a focus on 21st Century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and rebuilding the ranks of California’s teachers with resources and respect.

This past Tuesday, Superintendent Torlakson proposed a new statewide test to the governor and legislature.

As part of the state’s adoption of the national Common Core standards, this new test would be establishing the standards of what public school students should know. The standards which have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia are the first ever national standards.

Within the Inland Empire, Rialto Unified, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified are only a handful of the districts who began phasing in the standards this school year.

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