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CTA President Dean E. Vogel Releases Statement

On Senate Passing AB 484 Today

SACRAMENTO – California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement on the state Senate’s passage of AB 484—a bill that would overhaul the state’s testing system and align it to the new Common Core State Standards:


“Passage of this bill means California will take a common-sense approach to implementing the Common Core State Standards and the new computer-based assessments students will be required to take. Suspending the State Testing and Reporting program this year allows students and educators to better prepare for the new tests aligned to the Common Core standards.  It makes no sense to test students on material they haven’t been taught or to force them to take an outdated test. At the same time, this bill will give more kids the opportunity to do a practice run this year on the computer-based tests.


“The transition to the Common Core standards and new assessments will dramatically impact how teachers teach. The implementation must be done thoughtfully and in a way that is best for California students, rather than what’s best for federal bureaucrats. Educators must have the support, resources and professional development they need to align curriculum, instruction and assessments to the new standards.


“We’re also happy that testing second-graders will now be a thing of the past in California. It’s never been a good idea to subject second-graders to these standardized tests and it’s never been required by federal law. We commend the governor, the state superintendent of public instruction, and lawmakers for doing what’s right for students and ensuring we have an accountability system that works for California.”


The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

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Did you know that VUSD board policy regarding students changing classroom assignment has changed?

Please read and review the updated language below?

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Instruction       AR 6152(a)


The Governing Board believes the best way to achieve success in the classroom is through regular communication between the student, teacher, and parent. If there is a concern regarding a placement, the following procedures must be followed:

The Superintendent or designee requires the following steps be taken if and when issues between a student and his/her teacher arise:

1. Allow two weeks, at the start of the school year or grading period, for student to adjust to class.

2. Parent and/or student and teacher meet. Principals or counselors may facilitate this


3. Concerns should be communicated and explained.

4. Modifications should be explored.

5. A plan, including a timeline of at least three weeks, should be developed and implemented to resolve the concerns.

Exhibit 6152 outlines a plan for success. A copy of this plan, agreed upon by the parent and/or student and teacher, should be given to the student’s assigned administrator.

If an agreement cannot be reached or the plan implemented is not successful, a request for a class change should be directed to the site Principal. The class change may be honored provided subject level placement is available and the corresponding increase in enrollment in the receiving class is appropriate.

If and when a student is moved to another class, the receiving teacher will be given advanced notice, at least one school day, when possible to prepare for arrival of the new student.

The principal or designee may at any time make adjustments in class placement that he/she considers beneficial to the student or the educational program. However, if a change of student placement during the school year is being considered without the above steps being followed, a consultation with the Chief of Human Resources shall occur prior to the change.

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