California

Calif. to Unveil New Student Testing System

Focus on testing "analysis and problem-solving skills," as though schools actually teach that now.

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California's students may not have so many "bubbles" to fill in on state standardized tests in the future.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was slated Tuesday to unveil a proposal for a system of student achievement testing that is expected to emphasize critical thinking skills over choosing the best answer under a multiple choice method.

Torlakson's proposal was culled from the recommendations of a task force that studied new testing methods for six months last year under a mandate from the state Legislature. The goal is to have testing reflect the analysis and problem-solving skills that are stressed under the new national curriculum known as Common Core State Standards, which is being rolled out across California.

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