December 14 | The Mercury News

By Sharon Noguchi

Raising the specter of a possible loss of billions of dollars in federal funds, U.S. education officials on Tuesday rejected California’s request to skip standardized science testing for two years while test-driving a newer version of the exams.

Federal law requires states to administer and report annual tests in English, math and science. California’s proposal to suspend the science tests in 2017 and 2018  would deny schools and families data about science achievement and also violate federal education laws, U.S. officials wrote in a letter.

As a result, California’s Department of Education won’t be able to assess progress in science learning nor be able to communicate that to schools and the public, according to the letter by Ann Whalen, an adviser to Education Secretary John B. King Jr.

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