Standards and Assessment News | October 1


California Science Assessment Waiver Only for Last Year

The US DOE granted California a retroactive waiver to give its students a pilot assessment based on the new Science standards instead of using a test based on the outdated standards. However, the US DOE has made it clear that the waiver does not apply to the current school year. The state risks loss of federal funds if it does not administer the old Science test this spring. Learn more


Missouri Approves Personal Finance Standards

The Missouri Board of Education has approved Personal Finance standards, which will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. The new standards will be assessed in the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more


New Hampshire Unveils New Assessment for Spring 2017

New Hampshire is creating the SAS (Statewide Assessment System) to replace the SBAC and NECAP assessments. The SAS will be created with AIR, and will test students in grades 3-8 and 11 in ELA, Math, and Science. The contract runs through 2021. The AIR platform is not new for the state, but the questions will now be developed by AIR instead of by SBAC or NECAP. Learn more ; More here


New Mexico Science Draft Contains Changes to NGSS

The most recent draft of New Mexico’s science standards contains references to climate “fluctuations” instead of climate change, and removes some references to evolution. Public comments will be accepted on the draft until October 16. A previous bill requiring the adoption of NGSS was vetoed by the governor because it would be difficult to update the standards as required by the state. Learn more ; Learn more here


New York Adopts New Arts Standards

New York has adopted new Arts standards that cover Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, and Media Arts. The standards will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more ; Learn more here


New York Adopts New ELA, Math Standards

New York’s Board of Regents has approved new ELA and Math standards, called the Next Generation Learning Standards. The new standards will be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year, and first assessed in the 2021-2022 school year. Learn more ; Learn more here


Washington Postpones Biology End of Course Exam

Washington has postponed the use of the Biology course as a graduation requirement, creating a reprieve for students who did not pass last year. The new bill postpones the requirement until the class of 2021. Students who do not pass the SBAC in ELA or Math can also now graduate, provided they achieve a specific score on the SAT, ACT, AP or IB exam. Learn more