California is trying out a new science test, one that’s supposed to reflect the more hands-on and interactive approach of the Next Generation Science Standards.

But under federal law, the state must continue to administer the old science test until the new one is up and running.

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson asked the Obama administration to let California out of this double-testing requirement, arguing that it wastes students’ time and the state’s money. The administration said no, more than once. That’s because the new test’s scores won’t be counted at first and the federal government wouldn’t accept years without valid science test scores.

Now the state is making the request again, to the new administration.

Click here to read the full story in the Los Angeles Times (May 2, 2017)

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