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New SAT: The Essay Portion Is To Become Optional

Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.


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State Senate Approves Ditching STAR Testing For New Method

AB494 would replace the multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper tests next spring with new language and math tests designed to follow the Common Core curriculum standards. Students would use computers to take the new tests.


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Calif. Seeks To Shelve Current Standardized Tests

Education officials are proposing to do away with the standardized reading and math tests California public school students have taken since the late 1990s.


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Fewer California Schools Meet State, Federal Performance Targets

Lawmakers, businesses and parents use the annual report cards to evaluate individual schools and school districts. They are being recalibrated as the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law gives way to new measures championed by the Obama administration.