State Progressing Towards State Education Standards

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Just over sixty-percent of schools improved their standings in the most recent Academic Performance Index— which shows a school’s progress on state standardized tests. The percentage of California public schools meeting federal accountability requirements also increased. But Bill Hauck (HOW-k) with the California Business Roundtable says the growth shown so far is not enough. Cut: BillH1 (:16) “These standards that were set by the federal government that the state agreed to call for that proficiency in the next ten years. That seems to us to be a reasonable amount of time for schools to improve their performance.” The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell has lobbied federal officials to change their accountability system to show a school’s growth, rather than whether it failed or achieved a benchmark. SOC