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State superintendent to host education forum in San Ramon

Torlakson's talk to cover Common Core, high school exit exam

Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, is set to host an education forum on Monday (Dec. 21) in San Ramon about the impact of state policies on local education.

The free forum will run from 7-9 p.m. at the Dougherty Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road. Registration is preferred.

The talk will specifically cover the impacts of the Common Core State Standards roll-out and the elimination of the California High School Exit Exam.

Establishing Common Core has been a controversial subject in the Tri-Valley for reasons such as students having switched textbooks, taking new standardized tests and adjusting to a new way of learning traditional subjects, like long-form multiplication.

California eliminated the high school exit exam this year, prompting praises and criticisms from educators and parents across the state. Students will now only have to follow their individual schools' graduation requirements to matriculate.

The forum is hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Tri-Valley chapter, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. To RSVP, visit the registration page.

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