Sarah Tully formerly covered early education and the Common Core. She was based in the Los Angeles area.
All articles by Sarah Tully
Final tally shows few opt-outs from Common Core-aligned tests in California
High school juniors in some schools opt out in larger numbers.
January 28, 2016
Boosting the role of parents of English learners in preschools
Family involvement is key to preparing children academically.
January 14, 2016
Public preschools attempt to accommodate diverse languages of students
Vietnamese is among the most common languages in students' homes.
January 5, 2016
Preschool programs face challenge of preparing staff to teach English learners
Even when they speak the language, teachers and aides need specialized training.
December 10, 2015
Study: Transitional kindergarten students are better prepared for school
The report finds students were academically up to five months ahead of their peers.
December 1, 2015
Report: State lost 18,000 licensed child care spaces over two years
The biggest decline was among those who operate out of their homes.
November 19, 2015
How one program is helping English learners succeed starting in preschool
The approach emphasizes vocabulary, talking and role-playing.
November 11, 2015
Preschools play key role in preparing English learners for kindergarten
Early language instruction is crucial to later academic success.
November 4, 2015
State expands preschool rating system, but aims to add more
Under a federal grant, publicly funded programs are evaluated.
October 27, 2015
Federal government backs state’s plan to improve teacher quality
California is part of the federal Excellent Educators for All Initiative.
October 22, 2015
Poll: Voters increasingly support early education investments
Most would have a positive view of a candidate who supports early education.
October 20, 2015
What former, current high school students need to know about exit exam
Students who failed the exit exam might be granted diplomas.
October 7, 2015
Report: California must do more to prepare early educators
Preschool teachers receive less pay and training than their K-12 counterparts.
September 29, 2015
Lawsuit: Schools failed to inform parents of right to opt out of tests
Parents claim they weren’t told they could opt out of Common Core-aligned tests.
September 17, 2015
Proceed with caution when comparing California test scores with other states
With more English learners and low-income students, overall scores tend to be lower.