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California Education Officials Won’t Use Common Core Test Scores to Rate Schools This Year

The California Board of Education (CBOE) has decided not use Common Core test scores in school performance assessments for the first year of testing. CBOE suspended the state’s Academic Performance Index to evaluate schools, teachers, and students for the 2014–15 school year. Larry Sand, a former teacher and founder of California Teachers Empowerment Network, says he agrees with the move. “The [Common Core] tests are a disaster,” Sand said. “I think using the test to assess student progress and...

Albuquerque Public Schools to Offer Virtual Program

The Albuquerque Public School (APS) system plans to implement a new virtual school. The program aims to attract students currently attending virtual schools in other New Mexico districts. The new online classes are set to open in August 2016 for grades 6 through 11. APS Director of Digital Learning Chris Jones says the new program will be a step in the right direction for families seeking alternatives to their local schools. “It’s another model and option for students,” said Jones. “It will be...

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