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New Law Means New Tests for California Students

New Law Means New Tests for California Students

Testing used in California schools for years won't be used this year because of a new law.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that suspends K through 12 standardized testing requirements for the school year that's currently underway. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla says the new testing system is needed because educational standards have changed with Common Core.

"If we were the old test, we would literally be giving a test at the end of the year, and the students would not be having some of the units that they would be tested on," Bonilla said. 

The suspension is supposed to allow the state to complete the transition to the new curriculum standards. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has threatened to withhold federal funds from the state if it moves forward with the plan.

 

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