August 28 | EdSource

By John Fensterwald

The California Department of Education on Friday began restoring historical test data that it deleted from the most accessible part of its website earlier this month, following criticism that it did so to discourage the public from making comparisons to the results of new tests aligned to the Common Core standards.

The department plans to release scores from the new tests, known as Smarter Balanced, on Sept. 9.

The department’s decision came two days after EdSource first reported that the department took down 15 years of math and English language arts scores from the database of the Standardized Testing and Reporting program, known as STAR, which enabled the public to search results by district, school and student subgroups from grades 3 through 12. The information  was located on the department’s DataQuest website.

The move received harsh criticism, with some saying that the department overreacted and mistrusted the public with the data.

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