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ERIC Number: ED141883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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The New Pupil Proficiency Law as Viewed by Its Author. ACSA Special Report Vol. 6, No. 7.
Hart, Gary K.
The purpose of AB 3408 is 1) to create public dialogue and systematic accountability at the local level regarding the skills high school graduates should possess, and 2) to encourage schools to focus attention on students who have difficulty mastering reading, writing, or mathematics skills. The legislation requires all school districts maintaining junior and senior high schools to adopt proficiency standards by June 1978 in reading, writing, and mathematics. Districts are required to assess students at least once in the junior high school years and twice in grades ten through twelve to determine whether each student is meeting the required standards. AB 3408 also requires the State Department of Education to provide, by February l, l978, an "assessment framework" to help local districts develop their own assessment standards and procedures. The bill permits school districts to adopt differential standards and assessment procedures for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. However, the definition of learning disability does not include students who have limited English-speaking ability. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements, School Law, State Legislation, State School District Relationship
Association of California School Administrators, 1575 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California 94010 ($0.50)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.
Identifiers - Location: California