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California DreamingReforming Mathematics Education$
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Suzanne Wilson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094329

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094329.001.0001

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The Tide Turns: 1993–1995

The Tide Turns: 1993–1995

(p.132) 7 The Tide Turns: 1993–1995
California Dreaming

Suzanne M. Wilson

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the disintegration of California's mathematics education reform. In 1992, California already had many pieces of the reform puzzle in place: a framework and aligned assessment system, a theory of professional development, and innovative curricula. One factor that contributed to its demise was the rising tensions between Bill Honig and the State Board—where insiders spoke of “power struggles.” In 1991 and 1992, then, the State Board sued Honig due to his unwillingness to implement some of their policies. This, in turn, would lead to the board acquiring more power. The chapter also look at the demise of CLAS mathematics and language arts performance assessments. These CLAS tests contained multiple choice and open-ended qusetions, questions that were harder to mark which needed “matrix sampling.” This resulted in a lot of questions and suspicions that eventually led to the reform's downfall. This, along with other attempts at reform, were thwarted.

Keywords:   aligned assessment system, theory of professional development, innovative curricula, Bill Honig, State Board, CLAS, CLAS mathematics, CLAS tests, matrix sampling

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