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New SAT: The Essay Portion Is To Become OptionalEssay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
State Senate Approves Ditching STAR Testing For New MethodAB494 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.
Calif. Seeks To Shelve Current Standardized TestsEducation officials are proposing to do away with the standardized reading and math tests California public school students have taken since the late 1990s.
Fewer California Schools Meet State, Federal Performance TargetsLawmakers, 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.

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