California, like other states, is moving from its own curriculum tothe new nationwide “Common Core” curriculum. And it’s not just textbooks and homework assignments that are changing – it’s the standardized tests, too. With this new law, California will ditch “STAR” testing this school year, even though the “Common Core” tests won’t be fully ready until next year.
“Why spend $25 million, waste $25 million, on testing old standards that aren’t being taught in our classrooms any more,” asks state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, when the money would be better spent trying out the new testing system instead?
But U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said the legislation would violate federal law, since California students will not be fully tested this year. He’s threatened to withhold federal school funding as a result.