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Less Than 50% of California Students Meet Common Core Test Standards

On Wednesday, California’s Board of Education acknowledged that more than half of the state’s students in third through eighth and 11th grades failed Common Core math and English tests. The results of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments were announced for the first time, reported The Fresno Bee.

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Walker Defunds Smarter Balanced Test, But Replacement Exam Also Aligned With Common Core

Walker, a likely 2016 contender, has recently affirmed what has been true of Wisconsin school districts all along – that they can choose their own standards. To his credit, he has also proposed defunding the Smarter Balanced test, a product of one of the federally funded, interstate Common Core test consortia. Grassroots parents groups, however, say Walker’s proposed new state exam – called the “Badger Exam,” is also aligned with the Common Core standards.

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Elite High School Students Rejecting Common Core Tests

LOS ANGELES — Half of the students in their junior year at four affluent high schools in California–Gunn, Palo Alto, Palos Verdes and Calabasas–have chosen to ignore the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the tests based on Common Core that premiere at California high schools this spring.

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CA Suspends Student Testing While State Builds Common Core

The California Board of Education has suspended the state Academic Performance Index (API) for the 2014-15 school year while it constructs a new school accountability system based on the state’s four-year-old federal Common Core standards.

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