State board suspends school accountability on Common Core

Mar 11, 2015 6:20 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Board of Education has suspended the state's school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards.

The board voted at a meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday not to produce an Academic Performance Index for the 2014-15 school year. The index uses student results on statewide tests to rank schools and to identify those that need improvement.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says it wouldn't be fair to evaluate schools on this year's scores because the new Smarter Balanced tests are too different from the state's previous tests to produce meaningful comparisons.

Board President Michael Kirst says results will still be reported at the school, district and state level for the public to see.

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