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Sydney Johnson covers math and science, among other topics. Before joining EdSource, Sydney was an assistant editor at EdSurge where she covered higher education and technology. Her work has also appeared in Slate, The Huffington Post, the East Bay Express, San Francisco magazine and other outlets. She has a B.A. and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
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California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
May 4, 2021
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
April 8, 2021
Local assessments an option if statewide tests aren't viable during pandemic, California officials signal
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
April 2, 2021
Across the country, 32% of 4th-grade students have been offered hybrid instruction and 47% have been offered fully in-person instruction.
March 24, 2021
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
March 17, 2021
Teachers pushed through difficult days to find solutions that kept kids learning during an upended school year. Some changes may stick.
March 15, 2021
Many families have had drastically different experiences during the pandemic, creating a mix of fear and frustration over prolonged closures.
March 1, 2021
The state aims to provide up to 75,000 vaccine access codes per week, according to new guidance.
February 25, 2021
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
February 24, 2021
It’s been unclear whether the Biden administration would offer testing waivers as many school districts continue to operate with distance learning.
February 22, 2021
Teachers have crafted weeks and even months-long lessons culminating with the historic Mars rover landing on Feb. 18.
February 19, 2021
White students in California more likely to be getting in-person instruction than Black, Latino and Asian students
Across California, nearly half of all districts with elementary schools have reopened them to in-person or hybrid learning. White students more likely to be attending school in-person.
February 12, 2021
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
February 9, 2021
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
January 19, 2021
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.