Torklakson lauds decision to suspend student tests

Published: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 2:09 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 13, 2013 - 9:04 am

Re "Legislature poised to suspend student testing for a year" (Editorial, Sept. 11): California students need tests that measure how ready they are for the challenges of a changing world. We adopted the Common Core because we recognized our students need more than rote memorization measured on multiple-choice tests. They need to think critically and solve problems, which are real-world skills that open the doors to success in careers and college.

That is why I sponsored and the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 484. It ensures teachers and students are not shackled to tests of the past while we ask them to teach and learn for the future. It moves us to the next level on accountability, which makes federal threats of taking needed funding from our children all the more disappointing.

It gives our schools a chance to get it right by testing the tests before testing the kids, as they make the biggest changes to California education landscape in a generation.

-- Tom Torlakson, superintendent of public schools, Sacramento

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