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State task force offers blueprint for education technology

State task force offers blueprint for education technology

Embracing the mantra “no child left off-line,” a state task force is offering a vision of how California classrooms can embrace education technology to enhance learning. Convened by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Quick Hits, Technology

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

SANTA ANA – After agreeing to coordinate the Santa Ana Unified School District’s public meetings about its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), Frances Byfield’s first question was: “What are we serving for dinner?” While that ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Santa Ana Unified

EdSource symposium to tackle ‘seminal’ public school reforms

EdSource symposium to tackle ‘seminal’ public school reforms

New tests, new lessons, new acronyms. Public education in California is undergoing radical reforms that change everything – from how students will be tested on what they learn to the fundamental way schools are evaluated. An EdSource symposium in Los ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change

Majority of California voters support universal preschool for 4-year-olds

Majority of California voters support universal preschool for 4-year-olds

Most California voters think the state should increase the availability of preschool for the state’s 4-year-olds, according to a Field Poll conducted in partnership with EdSource. Of the 1,000 registered voters polled, 55 percent said ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Transitional Kindergarten

Activists prep parent committee to review West Contra Costa schools draft accountability plan

Concerned that West Contra Costa Unified officials have inadequately prepared the parent committee charged with reviewing the district’s spending plan for “high needs” students, five community and advocacy organizations convened a training session this week ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, Local Control Funding Formula, West Contra Costa Unified

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standards

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standards

The California Science Teachers Association and the nonprofit education research and development agency WestEd are seeking a half-dozen school districts to take the lead in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. In exchange for committing to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Quick Hits, Standards, STEM

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

The education provided to the 70,000 juveniles incarcerated on any given day across the nation is “substandard” and “is setting them even further back in their ability to turn their lives around,” according to a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, High School Completion, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity

State panel grapples with defining ‘college and career ready’

State panel grapples with defining ‘college and career ready’

Preparing students for colleges and careers shouldn’t be an “either-or” proposition and schools should be held accountable for how well they prepare students for both paths, an advocate for career education urged in testimony before ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Workforce preparation

Sample questions, more details on revamped SAT unveiled

Sample questions, more details on revamped SAT unveiled

Some elements of a redesigned SAT made a debut Wednesday, offering a glimpse  of what will be required on a revamped test that officials say is more grounded in the skills and knowledge students need in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, College Enrollment, Common Core, Quick Hits, UC and CSU

Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending

California’s school funding reform law has triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input in at least some districts – along with a plethora of suggestions about how to spend the additional ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Natomas Unified School District, Parent Activism, Parents, Reporting & Analysis, San Bernardino City Unified, San Diego Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Systemic Change, West Contra Costa Unified