EdSource Today Reports: Reporting & Analysis

Districts may have funding flexibility to repair and improve school facilities

Districts may have funding flexibility to repair and improve school facilities

To weather deep cuts in public school funding, many California school districts shifted much-needed dollars away from repairing and maintaining their buildings to keep teachers in the classroom and save instructional programs from being eliminated. Now, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Facilities, Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, LCFF Featured, Reporting & Analysis

Common Core now the common element in college-preparatory courses

Common Core now the common element in college-preparatory courses

Updated April 24 with additional information. Lesson plans and teacher training programs at the K-12 level aren’t the only things being updated to reflect the new Common Core State Standards. The requirements of the battery of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: A to G Curriculum, California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Standards, UC and CSU

Transitional kindergarten teachers say they need more training

Transitional kindergarten teachers say they need more training

Ninety-five percent of the first transitional kindergarten teachers in California had previously taught preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade, but said they could have used more training on how to teach 4-year-olds, according to a new report ... … Read entire article »

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

Three California schools win national Green Ribbon awards

Three California schools win national Green Ribbon awards

Three schools and one school district in California were honored today in the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Green Ribbon contest, which recognizes environmentally friendly facilities, outdoor education and healthy living. Lowell Elementary and Mark Twain ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Facilities, Quick Hits, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

State and county education officials are seeking to reassure school districts that might be worried that county superintendents will reject the new accountability plans they’ll submit by July 1 for the 2014-15 year. Tighter scrutiny ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Parents, Reporting & Analysis

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

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

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

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

The students in John Daniels’ U.S. history class at James Lick High School in East San Jose are a smidgen of the tens of thousands of juniors who are taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis