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Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing


LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official is expected to unveil a new system of student achievement testing on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was tasked by the state Legislature last year to revamp the state's bank of standardized tests that measure student progress in English language arts and math and qualify high school students for graduation.

The proposed new testing comes as the state starts phasing in new national curriculum standards known as Common Core State Standards. The emphasis of the new testing will be on critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core's focus.

The proposal is the result of six months of meetings by a statewide taskforce that has held meetings around California gathering input from educators. 

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Auburn school up for BIG prize and looking for YOUR VOTE

Weimar Hills Charter School students under the supervision of teacher Mr. Oates put a video together in the hopes of winning a $75,000 classroom makeover.  Now there video is one of the five finalists in the 6th to 8th grade category.

One of the prizes up for grabs is a "clicker" system - which Oates describes as a handheld student response systems.

He says it will give the teacher the ability to give tests and quizzes electronically - and get instant feedback on how many students understand the lesson.

If you would like to help them by casting you vote, click HERE.


Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

As you know, the rapid pace of technological growth coupled with the demands of a global economy that operates 24/7 raises the standard for schools to produce "life-long learners" who can keep up.

Studies show students as young as third grade have started thinking of their career path which is why it’s important to start early when getting kids to understand their options in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. Studies also show that STEM classes and career planning should be built into school curriculum as early as possible, and that hands-on activities and visits with professionals in different fields are necessary for students to learn how their work in the classroom can be relevant to a future career.

To support the STEM initiative, this Saturday, March 24, William Jessup University will host Placer County’s Second Annual STEM Expo, free and open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm.