State Progressing Towards State Education Standards
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tuesday noted moderate progress toward meeting both state and federal accountability requirements. But arguments continue over which is the better measurement.
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