EdSource Today Reports: Students

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

Districts develop goals for foster youth

Districts develop goals for foster youth

As districts set their goals for the next school year and allocate funding under the new California school finance system, they have to consider for the first time a small, highly at-risk subset of students: ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Achievement Gap, Charts and Data, Featured, Foster care, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis

Districts’ stringent criteria can delay reclassifying English learners

English learners have been a subject of policy concern in California since the early 1970s. The needs of these students — who make up about 25 percent of the state’s public school students today — ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, English learners, Featured

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learners

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learners

School districts have discretion in determining when English learners can be reclassified as proficient in English, meaning they no longer need help in gaining fluency. But the different criteria that districts use and wide disparities ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, English learners, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis

Bill would support foster students in community college

Bill would support foster students in community college

Foster students are significantly less likely to enter community college than other students, and about half of those who do don’t return after their first year. These dismal outcomes are behind a bill that would ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Community Colleges, Foster care, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits

Districts will get extra funding for foster students, but state has to find them first

Districts will get extra funding for foster students, but state has to find them first

Under the state’s new school finance law, districts for the first time will receive additional funds based on the number of foster students enrolled in their schools. The law also requires that, by July, districts ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Foster care, Reporting & Analysis

Effort to repeal affirmative action ban stalls in the Legislature

Effort to repeal affirmative action ban stalls in the Legislature

Facing an outcry from some Asian-American groups and shifting support in the Legislature, a state lawmaker on Monday backed off efforts to repeal California’s ban on affirmative action programs in university admissions. Senate Constitutional Amendment No. ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, Featured, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity, UC and CSU

Online test will challenge students’ computer savvy

Online test will challenge students’ computer savvy

They can send two-thumbed text messages at the speed of light; deploy an infantry of firebats to quash a Zergling attack against the Terran species in StarCraft while doing their algebra homework; and take, edit ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Students, Tests and Assessments

National report highlights racial disparities in suspensions

National report highlights racial disparities in suspensions

In schools across the nation, African American boys receive harsher penalties than white students for the same offense; there is no evidence that “bad” students need to be removed from class so “good” students can ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Students

Schools central to Promise Zone anti-poverty strategy

Schools central to Promise Zone anti-poverty strategy

LOS ANGELES – Most days, you can find Melissa Estrada at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School in Central Los Angeles where her son Angel Hernandez is in eighth grade. While Angel is in school, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Initiatives, K-12 Reform, Poverty, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Students