California BOE Votes To Suspend Use Of Test Scores In School Assessments.

The Los Angeles Times (3/12, Watanabe) reports that the California Board of Education voted Wednesday “to dramatically recast California’s system to evaluate school quality by suspending the use of standardized test scores as the major yardstick in favor of a broader array of measures.” The move will suspend the state’s Academic Performance Index for a year, noting that the system is based on “standardized test scores and widely used to evaluate a school’s performance in boosting academic achievement.” The piece explains that the state is just starting its Common Core tests this year, and the board “wanted at least two years of results to judge school progress.”

The AP (3/12, Armario) reports that the move is intended to “give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards.” The article reports that Superintendent 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.”