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Recommendation, Emphasize Student Mastery - Legislative Report

Report to the Legislature: Recommendation of a Method to Emphasize Student Mastery of Standards in Science and Social Science.
California Department of Education

Report to the Governor and Legislature:

Recommendation of a Method to Emphasize Student Mastery of Standards
in Science and Social Science
as Required by Education Code Section 52052.9

Executive Summary

This report is required by California Education Code (EC) Section 52052.9, which states that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) shall report to the Legislature and recommend to the State Board of Education (SBE) for adoption a method or methods for increasing the emphasis on pupil mastery of standards in science and social science through the public schools accountability system or by other means. This report is due to the Legislature by October 1, 2013.

Currently, the importance of student mastery in science and social science is made visible through the inclusion of science and history-social science assessment results in the state accountability system or the Academic Performance Index (API). In addition, the California Department of Education (CDE) also produces a School Quality Snapshot (SQS), which graphically displays a broad series of data that includes state assessment data, API data, and other important types of information demonstrating school performance. The current SQS reports are located on the CDE School Quality Snapshot Web page.

Assembly Bill 484 established the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP) to replace the current Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. It also allows the SSPI, with approval of the SBE, to not calculate schools' and districts' APIs in 2013–14 and 2014–15 due to the lack of comparability between the MAPP and STAR Program results.

End-of-course science and history-social science California Standards Tests (CSTs) and California Modified Assessments (CMAs) have been suspended and APIs may not be calculated for the next two years. Therefore, the CDE recommends to highlight student mastery of science and social science using available data by adding additional information to the current SQS. The CDE presented its recommendation to the SBE at its September 4, 2013, meeting, and the SBE unanimously adopted the CDE recommendation (see Attachment 1 in the Full Report [PDF]).

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, by phone at 916-319-0437 or by e-mail at

This report is on the CDE API Web page. If you need a copy of this report, please contact Betty Miura, Research Analyst, Academic Accountability Unit, by phone at 916-319-0863 or by e-mail at

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