Michael Kirst

California’s Student Testing the Next Battleground

The new testing method in California’s public schools, called “Smarter Balanced,” will begin in Spring 2014.

I have been so preoccupied with writing columns on the local war between charter and traditional public schools that I have unwittingly neglected another contentious public battle. The standards for testing in California’s public schools are changing, and the looming fight could be as partisan and ugly as the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

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