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See highlights and learn more about California’s unique position of non-testing:

  • Hundreds of thousands of California students won’t take statewide standardized tests this spring.
  • Eighteen of the state’s 25 largest school districts are planning to have all or a large portion of students take an alternative to California’s Smarter Balanced tests for math and English language arts.
  • More than 570,000 students in testable grade levels are enrolled in school districts that said they will use an alternative assessment this year.
  • California’s education officials have left it to local districts to decide whether to administer the Smarter Balanced tests.
  • Districts can choose an alternative test in certain circumstances (testing not viable), such as if students lack stable internet at home and it’s not safe to bring them back to campus, or if students have little or no experience taking Smarter Balanced tests remotely.
  • Districts across the state are using varied alternative assessments Smarter Balanced this spring including, but not limited to: i-Ready, STAR, Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), while others plan to have all tested grades take a shorter version of the usual Smarter Balanced assessments.
  • Across the country, assessment plans are equally mixed.
    • Washington will push back its standardized test until next fall, joining New Jersey.
    • Washington, D.C., got approval from the U.S. Department of Education to skip the tests altogether.
    • New York, were denied such requests.
  • Unlike previous years, districts and the state won’t be penalized in 2021 if participation in statewide tests is low.
  • For many districts, the biggest hurdle this spring is operating within an ever-changing landscape of school reopening.
    • Some will test all or most students remotely, while others opt for in person testing.
    • Most districts, however, will juggle testing students both at home and on campus.
  • “Do we think at the end of the day that all of this data will be good or clean? No. I don’t think anyone has the expectation that it will be the same as when everyone is in class with the same setup,” said Scherrer of Fresno Unified. “But we can get close, and we can use this to make decisions about how to support students.”

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