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School communities need actionable data and a complete picture of progress to support meaningful changes for students.
November 26, 2018
Newly elected policymakers should focus on supporting teachers, helping struggling students, and better aligning teaching materials to state standards, say former California secretaries of education Gary Hart and Glen Thomas
November 9, 2018
State must invest new revenues in public education and modernize data system, author says.
October 31, 2018
Early detection and correction of poor vision is key to giving all children an equal opportunity to learn.
October 12, 2018
Increasing students' confidence in their own writing, helping them check their work reduces plagiarism, professors say.
October 4, 2018
But social and emotional support can help more students succeed in college.
October 2, 2018
Eliminating 'willful defiance' as a basis for suspending students does not result in more serious discipline problems
September 24, 2018
Schools must be both creative and effective at responding to discipline problems.
September 17, 2018
California State Board of Education adopted California’s first ever model K-12 computer science standards last week.
September 13, 2018
11th graders suffering test fatigue from too many tests and SAT better positions underserved students for college, proponents say.
August 29, 2018
College entrance exams less fair, more at risk for problems, opponents say.
August 29, 2018
Students do better in for-credit classes with extra support than when they are pushed into no-credit remedial algebra, studies show.
August 20, 2018
Schools would tailor their courses to reflect the student demographics in their communities, authors say.
August 14, 2018
In addition to English and Spanish, proficiency in other languages is also important
July 19, 2018
Requiring graduates meet California State University requirements may deny diplomas to otherwise prepared students.
July 1, 2018
California's FAIR Education Act is being emulated in Illinois and Massachusetts.
June 26, 2018
Continued lack of state investment in Child and Adult Care Food Program means fewer child care providers can offer free meals.
June 20, 2018
Breaking the chain of misbehavior and punishment by recognizing students for what they do right.
June 11, 2018
Career technical student organizations provide hands-on, real world experience to high school students.
May 23, 2018
Recent reforms are translating into improved performance, says former state schools chief.
May 9, 2018
State must signal importance of science to accelerate implementation of new science standards.
May 7, 2018
How students do in high school is a better indicator than proficiency tests to determine if they are ready for college-level courses.
May 2, 2018
Providing new teachers more time and support to master the diverse skills their jobs call for would reduce staff turnover.
April 26, 2018
Ask young people what they need to feel safe, author says.
April 16, 2018
Community colleges are as diverse as the communities they serve.
April 11, 2018
Timely financial advice and coaching increases graduation rates for low-income students.
April 10, 2018
Search for new superintendent must build trust, create unity and provide a mandate.
April 2, 2018
Report says district focus on community engagement is vital for successful implementation.
March 14, 2018
The State Board of Education should approve the revised Every Student Succeeds Act state plan without delay.
March 12, 2018
Legislature has until July 1 to extend ban on suspending students for willful defiance of school authorities, a category that is used too often to punish students for minor infractions
January 24, 2018
Equity advocates give California an incomplete grade on its new accountability system.
January 17, 2018
Districts seek to narrow achievement gaps, especially at the middle-school level.
January 16, 2018
Instructional coaching, peer feedback, and strategic use of technology can help administrators build an ecosystem of support that keeps high-achieving teachers in the classroom.
December 19, 2017
California still has work to do to make new indicator of school attendance more meaningful.
December 12, 2017
Parents are both capable of understanding multiple data points and eager to know more about their school’s successes and challenges.
December 11, 2017
In particular, says Carl Cohn, there is a "moral imperative" for California to take on the challenge of more effectively serving students with disabilities
December 7, 2017
The dashboard moves California one step closer to completing a sweeping overhaul of public education aimed at better preparing students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
December 6, 2017
Support for teachers and principals is far more important than "crushing the competition," which, charter school pioneer Don Shalvey says, should be left to the NFL.
November 26, 2017
San Francisco Unified incorporates social and emotional learning in math curriculum to provide richer academic lessons and improve student outcomes.
November 19, 2017
The Chancellor's Office must work with the faculty to implement changes to remedial and general education courses in the California State University System.
November 2, 2017
Multi-tiered system of support helps educators solve problems before they become problems.
September 13, 2017
Plan ensures maximum flexibility for California to continue its ground-breaking educational reforms.
September 12, 2017
State can support schools and districts without shame and blame while also showing clearly how students are doing.
September 12, 2017
California's ESSA plan meets the federal government’s requirements while affirming the state's commitment to local control that allows teachers, principals and superintendents to meet the needs of our diverse students.
September 11, 2017
While your child’s teacher certainly matters, parents should care at least as much about the whole team their child’s teacher is working with, including the principal.
September 6, 2017
Educators in California's rural schools face challenges that are different but just as daunting as those of their urban counterparts.
August 28, 2017
California scored above the national average in reporting of college and career readiness data but there is still work to be done.
August 21, 2017
Teacher shortage limits districts' ability to expand bilingual offerings.
July 12, 2017
New state budget includes funding for two significant initiatives to expand K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.
July 5, 2017
English learners in transitional kindergarten show significant gains.
July 2, 2017
Failing to invest in after-school and summer programs would undermine two decades of work to help communities close the learning gap for children of color, low-income children and working class families.
June 12, 2017
California is in the midst of a serious and growing teacher shortage and state leaders must invest in building a prepared and stable teacher workforce.
May 31, 2017
New research shows that charter schools are improving the achievement of the predominantly minority and low-income students in Los Angeles Unified School District.
May 30, 2017
If the state does not increase funding for these high-quality programs, up to 29 percent of them could shut down in the next two years, leaving more than 120,000 students with nowhere to go when the school day ends.
May 16, 2017
Layoffs are local, but teacher shortages are statewide.
March 23, 2017
The simple answer: It depends on the actions of state and local policymakers where those students live.
March 17, 2017
The best response to our current president is a vast increase in constructive, empowered, diverse and open-minded voices.
March 2, 2017
At some CSU campuses, even passing the system’s math placement test or completing remedial requirements won’t ensure that students avoid remedial math.
February 19, 2017
Current placement practices may force some students into remedial math courses they don’t need, jeopardizing their progress through college.
February 15, 2017
To measure achievement, CORE Districts take into account both the number of students meeting standards and how much academic growth students are making each year.
January 27, 2017
Teachers call on legislators for support in five key areas.
January 20, 2017
State Board of Education should change how the progress of English learners is measured to make the system more fair.
January 9, 2017
Community colleges must better support students’ academic progression while upholding standards in college-level courses.
December 8, 2016
Former superintendent of California schools speaks to EdSource about school reform.
November 10, 2016
Students who have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school have a greater success rate of continuing on to postsecondary education.
November 3, 2016
Better communication could make education reform more effective.
November 2, 2016
California needs to produce 11.9 million degrees by 2025 to remain economically competitive.
October 18, 2016
The K–12 computer science framework presents a national consensus on computer science concepts and practices.
October 16, 2016
Michael Kirst is President of the California State Board of Education and Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University.
October 9, 2016
Research points to the benefits of high-quality discussion of controversial issues, such as growth in tolerance for other points of view, interest in politics and knowledge about the issues students investigate.
July 27, 2016
Often overlooked, these out-of-school programs can play a key role in providing the kinds of relationships, supports and opportunities that are essential to social-emotional learning.
July 19, 2016
EdSource conducted a series of interviews with leading educators and scholars about the persistence of these achievement gaps and the prospects for the current set of reforms in California to help close them.
December 22, 2015
The "proposal could radically alter the face of public education in Los Angeles."
November 15, 2015
We asked nonprofit education leaders what reforms they think should be added to California's agenda.
June 2, 2015
Standard School District Superintendent Paul Meyers writes how adopting a restorative justice approach reduced suspensions in a problematic middle school by more than 50%.
March 10, 2015
New educators network focuses on effective school discipline.
February 17, 2015
California is taking steps to bring science back as a core subject in school curricula.