FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2015
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Senator Huff Responds to Low Scores in Common Core Testing
SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) issued the following statement in response to low test scores among California students after the first round of the new Common Core testing. Senator Huff is the former Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee.
“The low scores are not surprising. We discussed this extensively during Senate Education Committee during the implementation process and we expected as much. What really disturbs me, however, is the State Legislature has already taken action to eliminate the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exams and the long-standing California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).”
“I opposed the elimination of these tests because they could have been used to compare scores that were compiled in previous years. This side-by-side comparison would have given educators and legislators an indication of how our students were doing when compared to scores from the previous year. We don’t have that yet with Common Core testing, so the scores that were released today have no context of whether our students are doing better, worse or the same as before. There’s nothing to compare them with. That’s a real injustice to students and California families.”
Watch Senator Huff’s Senate Floor opposition remarks to SB 172, which eliminated the California High School Exit exam.