EdSource Today Reports: Twenty-first Century Learning

U.S. teens better problem solvers than expected in latest international test

U.S. teens better problem solvers than expected in latest international test

Compared with their peers in developed nations, American 15-year olds are slightly above average problem solvers, but not as good as students from Asian nations who regularly shellac them in math, reading and science tests, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis, Standards, Twenty-first Century Learning

The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

More than half the California school districts surveyed by an education advocacy group said they’ve spent all or most of the funds set aside to implement Common Core State Standards, but still have more to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, State Budget, Technology, Twenty-first Century Learning

Hundreds of districts, partnerships signal interest in ‘career pathways’ grant program

Hundreds of districts, partnerships signal interest in ‘career pathways’ grant program

Competition is shaping up to be fierce for a new state grant supporting programs that link academics with real-world career opportunities. The California Department of Education has received some 275 letters from parties interested in seeking a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Featured, Partnership Academies, Reporting & Analysis, Twenty-first Century Learning, Workforce preparation

New quality standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core

New quality standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core

The California Department of Education has issued a set of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs that include giving youth opportunities “to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation.” That approach is similar to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, K-12 Reform, Quick Hits, School Safety, Twenty-first Century Learning

Contest seeks ideas on how schools could use new flexibility

Contest seeks ideas on how schools could use new flexibility

California has embarked on a bold experiment in education. Policy shifts like the new Common Core State Standards and the governor’s Local Control Funding Formula make local school districts dramatically more autonomous. Such changes provide a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Twenty-first Century Learning

Bill would prevent double testing and double frustration for students, teachers

Bill would prevent double testing and double frustration for students, teachers

Of all the bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, perhaps none is more important to the future of education in California than Assembly Bill 484. Sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Common Core, Featured, Legislature and Bills, No Child Left Behind, State and Federal Policies, Tests and Assessments, Twenty-first Century Learning

21st Century Learning easier said (or written) than done

21st Century Learning easier said (or written) than done

In one of the more exciting moments in my tenure on the San Carlos School Board, this spring we passed a new Strategic Plan that recognizes and addresses the need for fundamental structural changes in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Twenty-first Century Learning

Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology

Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology

The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week includes $1.25 billion to accelerate the adoption of the Common Core in California. Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99 ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, K-12 Reform, Technology, Twenty-first Century Learning

Innovation teams can build bridges to schools of future

Innovation teams can build bridges to schools of future

I recently took part in an experimental NextGen startup weekend aimed at designing a new model of schools. The participants worked in teams to come up with structural innovations to move schools beyond our current ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Twenty-first Century Learning

Common Core test is on track, State Board told

Common Core test is on track, State Board told

Four states have encountered serious glitches and system meltdowns over the past several weeks as they have moved their own state assessments online. But the head of the state-led consortium creating the Common Core ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Technology, Tests and Assessments, Twenty-first Century Learning