California votes an extra year to prepare for Common Core

Although many states are rejecting the Common Core standards, there is one state that is staying true to Common Core. In a recent meeting in Sacramento, the State Board of Education suspended its school accountability system for the 2014-2015 school year. This decision was made in order to provide educators and students adequate time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The suspended index used test scores to rank schools and to determine which schools need improvement. By suspending the state's evaluation system, test scores in the first year won't be used to take any corrective actions.

"We feel that accountability is very important to the public, but it's sensible to delay because the information is not all going to be clear and solid and current and we need the transition time," said Celia Jaffe, education commissioner of the California State PTA.

To read the News Release from the California Department of Education, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr15/yr15rel20.asp

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