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California Readies New Student Report Cards On Common Core Testing

Sometime in the coming weeks, millions of California families will begin receiving report cards in the mail aimed at describing how their children did this spring on new statewide testing tied to the Common Core.

Unlike any communication of student performance before, these reports are intended to reflect a much more robust explanation of student performance by using bands of scoring to explain whether a child has met an achievement standard or fallen short.

While the approach has attracted some praise nationally, the new report cards do not indicate specifically if a student has met a ‘proficient’ level of achievement – a longstanding requirement of federal law.

State officials – almost five years into a transition to the Common Core State Standards and at least a year, perhaps two, from finalizing a new, comprehensive school accountability system – say they are moving forward with the new student report cards despite potential conflicts with the No Child Left Behind Act.