September 21, 2021

SBE adopts condensed Smarter Balanced testing for Spring 2022

From SSC on September 13, 2021

The State Board of Education (SBE) tackled a number of significant issues at their September 2021 meeting, including spring 2022 assessments, the revised LCAP template, and the approval of a number of federal items:

  • Adopted a condensed version of the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics Smarter Balanced assessments for the 2021–22 school year, which will reduce the length of the exams by approximately half. It is important to note that this vote did not alter any of the non-Smarter Balanced assessments that local educational agencies (LEAs) will conduct in the spring of 2022.
  • Swore in its newest member Francisco Escobedo, the Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation and the former superintendent for the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
  • Discussed the proposed revisions to the LCAP template and instructions that will be in effect beginning with the 2022–23 LCAP year, as well as a one-time supplement to the LCAP to capture expenditure plans for state and federal funds that were included in the 2021–22 State Budget after local LCAP adoption earlier in June.
  • Approved three important federal items: the LCAP Federal Addendums, a waiver for the 2020–21 school year related to the ESEA requirements, and the state’s ARP-HCY application.

The next SBE meeting will take place November 3-4 where the SBE will adopt the revised LCAP template and instructions for the 2022–23 year.