EDUCATION

California's refusal to tie teacher evaluations to test scores tempers Common Core backlash

In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, work in the computer lab at Cuyama Valley High School after taking the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, in New Cuyama, Calif. While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, California, the state that educates more public school children than any other, was conspicuously absent from the debate. Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s elected K-12 schools chief are united in their support of the embattled benchmarks. The heads of the state’s teachers’ unions, universities and business groups are on board, too.  More than one-quarter of the 12 million students who were supposed to take new online tests linked to the standards this spring were Californians, but the technical glitches and parent-led opt-out campaigns that roiled the exams’ rollout elsewhere did not surface widely here.  (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, work in the computer lab at Cuyama Valley High School after taking the new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, in New Cuyama, Calif. While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, California, the state that educates more public school children than any other, was conspicuously absent from the debate. Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s elected K-12 schools chief are united in their support of the embattled benchmarks. The heads of the state’s teachers’ unions, universities and business groups are on board, too. More than one-quarter of the 12 million students who were supposed to take new online tests linked to the standards this spring were Californians, but the technical glitches and parent-led opt-out campaigns that roiled the exams’ rollout elsewhere did not surface widely here. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)  (The Associated Press)

While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, California was conspicuously absent from the debate.

Gov. Jerry Brown and California's elected K-12 schools chief are united in their support of the embattled benchmarks. The heads of the state's teachers' unions, universities and business groups are on board, too.

The technical glitches and parent-led opt-out campaigns that roiled the exams' rollout elsewhere did not surface widely in the state that educates more public school children than any other.

The prevailing equanimity may stem from what the state did not do, Common Core opponents and advocates in California agree: tie student test scores to teacher evaluations.