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Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official is expected to unveil a new system of student achievement testing on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was tasked by the state Legislature last year to revamp the state's bank of standardized tests that measure student progress in English language arts and math and qualify high school students for graduation.

The proposed new testing comes as the state starts phasing in new national curriculum standards known as Common Core State Standards. The emphasis of the new testing will be on critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core's focus.

The proposal is the result of six months of meetings by a statewide taskforce that has held meetings around California gathering input from educators. 

The Associated Press

Natomas Unified Posts 10-Point Gain on State’s Academic Performance Index

Natomas Unified Posts 10-Point Gain on State’s Academic Performance Index

Sacramento, California – The Natomas Unified School District posted a 10-point gain overall on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) based on student performance on the 2012 California Standards Test (CST) results released in August. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited Natomas Park Elementary School Thursday to announce last year’s statewide API results. Natomas Park Elementary is Natomas Unified’s most recent school to pass the state target of an 800 API score.

“We are pleased to see continued growth district-wide,” said NUSD Superintendent Chris Evans. “We take great pride in the sustained improvement over the years but also commit to continue to work hard to meet the needs of all students.”

National Walk To School Day

National Walk To School Day

Today is National Walk To School Day! 

AND . . .

Congratulations to Noelle Fong for being honored as a star student at the, "Be Health Concious Assembly" at her school in Elk Grove!  Nicole walks to school every day and this is her second year in a row to receive this honor.  Congratulations from Network for a Healthy CA