Testing Costs Reimbursed For Plumas; Others Could Follow Suit

Statewide tests can be costly, but Plumas Unified School District and Plumas County Office of Education may be able to get some of those costs refunded.

Two years ago California shifted to digital exams causing a flurry of problems for school districts across the state. One of these problems has been inadequate funding for this new technology for districts and county offices of education.

The Commission on State Mandates decided that the costs for the new testing program, including training costs and internet access costs, constituted a reimbursement

Three other educational entities also filed a claim with the commission in December 2014.

The decision “recognizes the constitutional obligation of the state to ensure that the state provides school districts and county offices of education with resources necessary to implement new state programs,” said Chris Ungar, president of the California School Boards Association.

According to the CSBA, the new testing mandate costs $600 million statewide.



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