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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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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.
January 14, 2021
School districts like West Contra Costa Unified lacked updated learning materials aligned to California’s new science standards prior to the current school year.
December 15, 2020
Math learning experts are pushing for grade-level content over remediation during the pandemic.
December 11, 2020
As California faces another coronavirus surge, scientists and museum guides are taking to Zoom to meet students at home.
November 24, 2020
The decision comes after CSU delayed a vote to add a quantitative reasoning course — in addition to 3 years of math — as an admission requirement.
November 9, 2020
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.
November 5, 2020
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.
November 4, 2020
To assess students during distance learning, teachers are relying on informal check-ins, open notes and webcams to monitor a student’s behavior.
October 27, 2020
Some parents and researchers want longer class periods for their kids in distance learning, while others worry about excessive screen time and ineffective use of learning time.