Nov. 21, 2013
John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District, released a statement today on the state’s decision to expand English and math assessments for students. The original policy would have assigned students to take one or the other.
We applaud and appreciate that the state has listened to L.A. Unified and other school districts, as this move brings more equity to the assessment transition process. The District had already made the decision to spend more than $2 million to provide the opportunity for all our students to experience both the English language arts and mathematics tests this spring so that they are more familiar with the system moving forward.
We are glad that this decision will relieve us of the obligation to pay for the second test, saving us vital funds. We continue to prepare for the transition to Common Core State Standards in instruction and testing, which is why we are working to ensure there are adequate computers or tablets on every campus so students can access the computer adaptive Smarter Balanced assessments.
Additionally, it is our understanding that this decision may bring the state of California into compliance with the issues related to testing, and No Child Left Behind that was raised earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Education.
Contact: Gayle Pollard-Terry (213) 241-6766