On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, AB 484 (Bonilla) will be heard and voted on in the Assembly Education Committee. This bill would reauthorize many state assessments while eliminating others by suspending these tests. A test to be eliminated by suspension includes the Standards Test in Spanish (STS) for next year. AB 484 calls for an extend process, if funding is available for this purpose, to decide whether it is needed or necessary to develop a new Spanish Academic Achievement test. The uncertainty of whether there will be a Spanish academic test and/or when it would be implemented is a major catastrophe for English Learners.
Californians Together has a position of oppose unless amended on AB 484 in order to address the two issues of primary language assessment for English learners. We need everyone to download the letter below and email a copy to Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee at Joan.Buchanan@asm.ca.gov