LOS ANGELES, CA — At a press conference this morning, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson released the results for the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). In response, the L.A. Area Chamber releases the following statement:
"As a leading business organization in California, we support high education standards, so we commend Superintendent Tom Torlakson and the Department of Education for their work towards higher standards,” said David Rattray, executive vice president, Education & Workforce Development, L.A. Area Chamber.
“As employers, we are especially supportive of the performance tasks in these tests that challenged students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems. We seek critical thinking in employees to adapt what they learn in the classroom when they’re on the job.”
“At the same time, the business community understands that developing and nurturing talent can take years, so these test results establish an important baseline. Based on these new test results, we have a clear picture of our students’ success. Even though not all California students are meeting the high standards we have set for them, these tests will enable us to measure their progress and, more importantly, show us what we need to do to improve their education.”
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.