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California Bill ABX5 8

Sounds like they borrowed the last paragraph from Accelerated Reader.

by Stephen Krashen

California's ABX5 8, which is about meeting requirements for Race to the Top, contains this section about how publishers will make up reading lists. I wonder how this got into the bill. I bet they don't hire or even consult librarians in making up the list.
By the way, the bill also includes a huge amount of testing, as well as formative/interim testing. This section is looking more and more like Accelerated Reader.


60643.1. (a) (1) The test publisher designated by the state board pursuant to Section 60642 shall make available a reading list on the Internet by June 1 of the applicable school year. The reading list shall include an index that correlates ranges of pupil reading scores on the English language arts portion of the achievement test designated pursuant to Section 60642 to titles of materials that would be suitable for pupils in each of grades 2 to 11, inclusive, to read in order to improve their reading skills. This reading list shall include titles of books that allow a pupil to practice reading at his or her current reading level and that will assist the pupil in achieving a higher level of proficiency. To the extent possible, the index also shall include information related to the subject matter of each title. At a minimum, the reading list also shall categorize titles by subject matter and identify age-appropriate distinctions in the list. (2)

The test publisher, in each school year, shall make available for purchase by school districts a report that provides a numerical distribution of the reading scores of all pupils in California who took the achievement test designated pursuant to Section 60642. (3)

The test publisher, in each school year, shall make available for purchase by school districts reading lists that can be distributed to pupils based on a pupil's age and the ranges of scores on the English language arts portion of the achievement test designated pursuant to Section 60642.

— Stephen Krashen
Bill ABX5 8
2009-12-12


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