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State Testing Changes from STAR to MAPP

No more STAR Testing in California with the governor’s signature Wednesday on AB 484. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature for their work to sweep away outdated STAR tests in favor of California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress assessments, or MAPP test, the modern, computer-based assessments that will measure student readiness for the challenges of college and the workplace. Tina Jung with the Department of Education says 6 hundred thousand kids will be tested in the pilot program.

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The new law suspends most Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments for the current school year, allowing school districts to prepare for and transition to the new California MAPP Test which are slated for administration statewide in the 2014-15 school year.

The new assessments will be computer-based, allowing for a broader range of test questions than the multiple-choice exams given under STAR. As a result, the new assessments are expected to emphasize critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving, modeling the kind of teaching and learning needed to prepare all students for the demands of college and the modern workplace.

California is one of 45 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories that formally have adopted the test for mathematics and English‒language arts.

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