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K12NN, MOMocrats, & MomsLA: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

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Today's show features a round-table discussion with Donna Schwartz Mills of MOMocrats, and Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald of MomsLA (a 100+ blogger network based in Los Angeles), led by Cynthia Liu of K12 News Network.

It's STAR testing week still for many of us in California. What does this mean for the Common Core Standards we've heard about, and the changes in tests we can expect to see in the next few years?

Confused about the implementation of these new standards and tests? You're not the only one -- lawmakers in the California state legislature are also wrestling with unanswered questions surrounding implementation: who'll pay for professional development of teachers? How will every classroom be able to administer computer-based tests? Will low initial scores in NY and KY force more CA schools into Program Improvement?

* Key takeaways: CA spends $50 million to administer STAR tests & $11 million on CAHSEE, the required high school test.

* Costs of implementing CCS professional development and new testing could be around $1 billion, yet no money's been allocated for this. Asm. Joan Buchanan: has said $ for PD is about 50c per child in CA. Hardly adequate!

So, whose district is ready for CCS, either on the learning side, or on the testing side?