Citing the need to adjust to new Common Core standards, the California Board of Education decided earlier this month to suspend the use of standardized test scores as its main measurement of school performance. This comes as teachers, parents and students nationwide protest against the overuse of tests. We talk with NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz about the perils of overusing test scores and other methods of measuring school and teacher quality.
A statewide task force has proposed a major shift in how special education is taught in California. They want to see more special education students in general education classrooms, increased intervention for preschoolers and more teacher training. It's unclear where the funding would come from for the proposed changes, but there's strong impetus to improve the outcome for students with disabilities.