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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-65
June 19, 2013
Contact: Lara Azar
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues
Statement on Testing Flexibility Announcement

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement after a federal announcement that states may receive the flexibility needed to avoid "double testing" students as they transition to a new generation of assessments:

"Secretary Duncan's announcement regarding testing flexibility is good news for students and schools as we make the transition to new assessments based on California's career- and college-ready standards. Double testing would have taken up time students need to learn, and could have made our move to new assessments even more challenging. I will urge the State Board of Education to take advantage of this opportunity."

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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