Assembly Bill 484 is an overhaul of the state’s student assessment system that supports California’s switch to the Common Core State Standards. Sponsored by Torlakson and authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), the bill now calls for nearly all of the decade-old Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program to be suspended during field tests of new assessments. The new Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP) program would permanently replace STAR tests in the 2014-15 school year.
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Ward released this statement today regarding his support for the bill:
AB 484 will allow us to prepare our students and staff for success rather than set them up for frustration. To do otherwise-- to maintain two testing systems each of which requires very different instructional techniques and looks at very different skills-- will result in a schizophrenic environment in our schools that isn't in anyone's best interest. Suspending the STAR tests and expanding field testing of new assessments allows time for educational leaders to prepare students for a completely different manner of demonstrating knowledge while ensuring districts have the means to provide accountability to the public.