Pat Maio wrote about math and science for EdSource until 2017. He previously covered K-12 education in San Diego for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
All articles by Pat Maio
California will administer new pilot science test despite U.S. Department of Education ruling
State officials will administer the new test, not the old test in place since the 1990s.
January 29, 2017
Teachers mount protests against Trump’s education agenda and 'to protect public schools'
“The push is on to protect schools from privatization as well as to create safe spaces for immigrants, women and minorities,” said California Teachers Association President Eric Heins.
January 19, 2017
U.S. Education Department rejects California’s science testing plans
The U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards.
January 18, 2017
U.S. to make final decision on California science testing waiver ‘very shortly’
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
January 6, 2017
California appeals federal decision on state science testing
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
December 21, 2016
Districts pool resources to boost computer science education
The consortium, led by Riverside Unified, is the biggest alliance of schools in California that is trying to increase access to computer science education.
December 15, 2016
'Makerspaces' for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners
The students build English skills as they work in teams and record the progress of their projects in journals.
November 30, 2016
California appeals to federal officials to administer one statewide science test, not two
California education officials want the U.S. Department of Education to permanently suspend the current multiple-choice, paper-and-pencil science assessments that are based on outdated standards from 1998.
November 30, 2016
California students outpace U.S. average in pursuit of STEM study and careers
However, fewer than 1 percent nationwide are interested in teaching STEM subjects, a new ACT report finds.
November 28, 2016
State board approves science framework, first in nation
Students will be learning based on the new Next Generation Science Standards.
November 3, 2016
California making strides in science but results are still lagging most other states
The national test results show scores from 4th- and 8th-graders.
October 27, 2016
California officials reject federal government's push to administer old science tests
State officials plan to administer a pilot test aligned with new science standards.
October 25, 2016
Cañada College wins federal grant to support STEM programs for Latino students
Paid out over five years, it’s one of the biggest grants the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program has awarded to help Latino and high-needs students
October 21, 2016
National coalition offers framework for K-12 computer science curriculum
One of the goals is to increase the number of computer science courses offered.