Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 – 8:00 am

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson tried to put a positive spin on it, but the harsh reality is that academic test scores in California’s public school system of 6 million students declined this year after years of apparent gains.

Moreover, scores are likely to get worse when new Common Core standards are applied.

“As you would expect for a school system in transition, results varied from grade to grade, subject to subject, and school to school, but the big picture is one of remarkable resilience despite the challenges,” he said in a statement as he released test results.

“While we all want to see California’s progress continue, these results show that in the midst of change and uncertainty, teachers and schools kept their focus on students and learning. That’s a testament to the depth of their commitment to their students and the future of our state.”

Like most other states, California is moving away from its own academic standards into the multistate Common Core of what students are expected to learn at each step through the system.

And when they are tested on those standards, which will kick in later this year, chances are very high that proficiency levels will plummet.

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