SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal education officials are renewing a threat to withhold funds from California if it moves forward this spring with a plan to abandon the standardized tests the state's public school students have taken since 1999.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the U.S. Department of Education informed state officials through a letter this week that more than $3.5 billion in federal aid for disadvantaged students is at stake in the dispute.
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle wrote that federal officials support the new computerized tests California wants to give students in grades 3-8 and 11 on a trial basis.
But Delisle says the state's plan to have students take either the math or language sections and not to report results for individual students or schools would be out of compliance with federal law.
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