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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...

Alabama Governor Signs Charter School Law

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has signed into law a bill allowing charter schools in the state. Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), sponsor of the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, says the new charter law will provide additional educational options for families and an opportunity for innovation within schools. Charter schools could open as soon as fall of 2016. Bentley signed the bill into law in March.  “There were over 2,000 students at the School Choice Rally,” Collins said,...

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