-- Suzie Harrison
Laguna Beach students will see a change in testing after this spring.
Students in grade two through 11 will no longer be subjected to the
SAT-9 test that has been used to evaluate school performance.
Now, students will answer questions on the California Achievement
Test, or CAT-6.
California Department of Education officials said the main reason they
chose this particular standardized test is that it’s developed by the
same company that is creating the California Standards Test and already
administers the high school exit exam.
Officials also are assuring educators, and the public, that the new
standardized test will be aligned with the California State Standards
that schools have used to design curriculum over the past few
years."There should be no difference except the content might be worded
differently because it was written by a different company,” said
Christine Gonzales, from the assessment office at the Orange County
Department of Education. “It should essentially be the same because it’s
the norm reference test. It serves the same purpose.”