Theresa is covering the Common Core in Northern California. She came to EdSource from the Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group, where she covered regional, statewide and national education issues. She is well known by state education leaders, and education experts at universities and in the non-profit sector and has been recognized with multiple awards for her education reporting by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and the California Teachers Association among others. She began her career as a producer managing children’s and other educational programming and print outreach for KQED. Theresa is an alumna of San Francisco State University where she received a B.A. degree in broadcast communications.
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Possible free first year of community college amid flurry of education-related bills signed by governor
Brown signed nine out of 10 bills sent to him by the State Legislature by the Sunday night deadline.
October 16, 2017
DeVos said she learned a lot on tour of school, which drew protests from some who said they objected to her visit.
October 13, 2017
Exam suspended in 2015 no longer required for graduation, now that state has adopted new Common Core standards and school accountability metrics.
October 12, 2017
Michael Kirst says the special education system, rooted in concepts and laws that need updating, is battling to recruit and retain fully prepared teachers
October 11, 2017
A survey of California registered voters also shows strong support for school districts to devote more funds and resources to addressing the needs of the state’s most vulnerable students.
October 4, 2017
GreatSchools plans to expand school ratings in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by November.
September 21, 2017
Santa Anna is the latest of four California projects selected as part of the XQ 'reimagine high school' challenge, which will present a live television broadcast Friday night.
September 7, 2017
Central Valley math improvement project aims to triple students' math proficiency in eight districts in four years.
September 1, 2017
Starting school after Labor Day appears to be passe — at least among the 30 largest school districts in California.
August 31, 2017
An 8:30 a.m. start time for middle and high schoolers could add $10.2 billion to California's economy within a decade, according to a RAND study.
August 30, 2017
Due to inaccurate data, state now anticipates releasing this year's math and reading test results by Sept. 13.
August 29, 2017
California remains strongly committed to Common Core standards in math and English language arts, which focus on critical thinking and problem-solving. The standards have been adopted by more than 40 states.
August 25, 2017
Gabriela Orozco Gonzalez, a teacher in the Los Angeles area, discusses Common Core lessons, teacher collaboration, testing and educating English learners.
August 24, 2017
Spanish-speaking teachers getting special training to meet California's demand for more bilingual teachers
As districts expand bilingual programs, they're ramping up training so teachers who speak Spanish can teach Common Core and standards for English learners.
August 21, 2017
Virtual and in-person math conferences feature experts who share resources and strategies to help teachers foster mathematical curiosity in students.
July 31, 2017
Report is based on surveys of nine rural districts about support for implementation of Common Core standards in math and English language arts.
July 26, 2017
U.S. Education Secretary and American Federation of Teachers President's comments highlight division that exists between some school choice advocates and those who back traditional public schools.
July 20, 2017
New state policy is expected to help schools meet California's Vision of Success for English learners.
July 18, 2017
Project Lead the Way, the California Mathematics Council and Storyline Online provide ideas for activities parents and children can do together.
July 14, 2017
Former teacher Tracy Johnston Zager draws on classroom observations, personal experiences, research and other resources to inspire math teachers.
July 14, 2017
More students applied to CSU and UC colleges once they got timely information from counselors and others.
July 12, 2017
Oakland joins districts in California and across the country that see improvements in math proficiency among students who work with ST Math
July 4, 2017
Budget increases Local Control Funding Formula to 97 percent, boosts higher education spending and preschool eligibility.
June 28, 2017
High quality teaching is key to student success in high-performing countries and school systems, study finds.
June 27, 2017
Standardized test results from 2015 and 2016 show disadvantaged students aren't progressing as quickly as wealthier, English-fluent peers.
June 7, 2017
School boards hope that superintendents with ties to their districts will reduce the churn in leadership.
June 5, 2017
California students go online in record numbers to take Common Core-aligned tests, with few glitches
Familiarity with tests and increased Internet capabilities helped districts administer assessments, but state system experienced glitches when overloaded.
May 29, 2017
Better Math Teaching Network in New England is testing new high school math instructional strategies to be shared with educators around the country.
May 16, 2017
The Local Control Funding Formula and state preschools will get more money.
May 11, 2017
The State Board of Education agreed to spend $1.5 million more on testing, including nearly $500,000 on new "Science Academies" intended to help teachers better understand the Next Generation Science Standards.
May 10, 2017
The longtime education leader says public schools must serve the needs of parents and students as the Trump administration focuses on school choice.
May 8, 2017
The pilot Thrival World Academies program, which took 11 Oakland high school students to Thailand for three months, hopes to expand to 25 students next year.
May 2, 2017
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor and school teacher and leader in Oakland, says a focus on equity could lead to a renaissance in education.
April 24, 2017
After educators say interim test reports designed to improve teaching were too vague to be useful, the consortium that created them promises to do better.
April 16, 2017
State law requires schools to have comprehensive safety plans.
April 10, 2017
Dr. Corinne Hyde talks about Common Core controversy, standards implementation, tests, curriculum materials and USC's online guide to the Common Core.
March 22, 2017
Workshop participants expressed concerns about data timeliness, local indicators, how data relate to districts’ accountability plans, and how charter data are reported.
March 20, 2017
E.M. Grimmer Elementary in Fremont, which has a high percentage of low-income and Latino students, was among 19 district schools – or 58 percent – that were ranked at the highest level in math on state standards.
March 16, 2017
Performance grid compares every school and subgroup in a district.
March 15, 2017
Two California schools among hundreds in U.S. taking international test to compare themselves globally
More than 100 U.S. schools are using an international test of 15-year-olds to see how they stack up against others around the world.
February 28, 2017
It will be difficult to reverse the momentum in the state, where implementation of the Common Core is well underway.
February 27, 2017
Sean Nank, American College of Education professor, discusses Common Core math, instructional strategies, curriculum and the beauty of patterns.
February 27, 2017
Anne Udall, of the New Teacher Center, talks about how the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, is affecting Common Core implementation.
February 9, 2017
Reviews of math and English language arts materials, along with a list of materials recommended by the California Board of Education, are available online.
February 8, 2017
The state formed committees to support implementation of the Common Core standards, Next Generation Science Standards and History-Social Science standards.
January 30, 2017
'Thrival Academies' program aims to expand to 100 Oakland Unified students next year and to launch in Indianapolis in 2018-19.
January 8, 2017
Los Medanos Elementary students learn Common Core concepts in fun ways and excel academically.
December 14, 2016
University of Chicago and University of Southern California study found 13 percent return on investment in high-quality early education programs for children from birth to age 5.
December 13, 2016
PISA tests show a lower-than-average percentage of U.S. students were high-performing in math, while a higher-than-average percentage of U.S. students were below proficient in math last year.
December 6, 2016
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS, assessed 4th-graders, 8th-graders and advanced 12th-graders in 2015.
November 29, 2016
State propositions extend tax on wealthy residents, fund a $9 billion construction bond and repeal English-only instruction law.
November 9, 2016
Results from standards-aligned tests are closer to NAEP scores, and California's tests were among the more "honest" in assessing student performance, report finds.
November 1, 2016
The State Board of Education is expected to vote on withholding a small portion of the contract payment.
October 31, 2016
Schools must spend improvement grants on one of seven different reform options.
October 25, 2016
The Oakland superintendent is the only California leader who is part of the national coalition.
October 23, 2016
It is the first statewide school construction bond measure since 2006.
October 20, 2016
Symposium speakers offer variety of opinions about state education reforms.
October 7, 2016
About 700 schools entered the competition to “reimagine high school.”
September 14, 2016
Survey respondents grade campuses and weigh in on fixing failed schools.
August 29, 2016
The district hired more than 400 teachers before school started last week.
August 28, 2016
Students made gains at all grade levels in math and English language arts.
August 24, 2016
Liz Serrato doesn't want English learners to fall through the cracks.
August 18, 2016
Students learn by doing through agriculture-themed lessons on a campus farm.
August 10, 2016
More than 13,000 teachers participated in the second annual event.
August 2, 2016
The project aims to build students' language skills in all classes.
July 5, 2016
2016 reports will show how students progressed from last year to this year.
June 7, 2016
Teachers' group aims to improve instruction for unique student populations.
May 27, 2016
Districts are also receiving reports to review student subgroups' performance.
May 22, 2016
Education officials and experts discuss changes in state standardized tests.
May 17, 2016
Difficult to know how much money is being spent on standards implementation.
April 25, 2016
California ranked 10th among 35 states based on achievement gaps in large cities.
March 25, 2016
Oakland is one of seven Next Generation Learning Challenge network regions.
March 15, 2016
A total of $900 million will be awarded over three years through the grant program.
March 9, 2016
The weeklong challenge was organized to build empathy and spur action and sharing.
March 7, 2016
The judge is allowing parent objections, but it's unclear if those will block the release of data.
February 18, 2016
Curriculum materials, teacher training and technology are expected to boost scores.
February 16, 2016
Smarter Balanced stacks up well compared to three other tests, reports show.
February 12, 2016
Districts required to meet participation rates and tell parents they can opt out.
February 3, 2016
Jo Boaler published Mathematical Mindsets to help improve math education.
January 24, 2016
The Commission on State Mandates ruled in favor of five local education agencies.
January 22, 2016
New science standards require teachers to alter their practices, study says.
January 20, 2016
The state board wants to avoid the problems encountered with the Common Core.
December 13, 2015
Code.Org awards $10,000 prize to Fremont High for Hour of Code participation.
December 9, 2015
Districts are involving teachers in the selection process
November 18, 2015
The public is invited to comment on the draft curriculum through Jan. 19.
November 18, 2015
Shift in curriculum and instructional materials aims to help English learners.
November 2, 2015
Report urges state and education leaders to address inequities.
October 28, 2015
California's rank dropped from 30th to 33rd, although graduation rate increased.
October 19, 2015
A new report predicts a deficit in the supply of workers with bachelor's degrees.
October 15, 2015
The union seeks changes in discipline of black males, cultural training for teachers.
October 9, 2015
Bill also suspends high school exit exam for three years.
October 7, 2015
Study reviewed traditional and charter public schools in 50 cities nationwide.
October 7, 2015
Parents were originally supposed to receive their children's scores on the new Smarter Balanced tests within first 20 working days of the school year.
October 2, 2015
Districts say more detailed information is needed for tests to be useful.
September 30, 2015
The study urges doing more to recruit and retain a diverse teaching force.
September 18, 2015
The bill would grant waivers to award diplomas to students as far back as 2006.
August 28, 2015
Another bill that aims to suspend the exit exam for three years is pending.
August 26, 2015
Bill to exempt class of 2015 seniors from exam heads to Senate on Monday.
August 20, 2015
Bill would remove high school exit exam requirement for class of 2015 seniors.
August 19, 2015
Students were left in limbo after the July test was cancelled.
August 18, 2015
The Educational Testing Service is offering test scoring training for teachers.
August 16, 2015
Denial of tutoring waiver request disappoints state leaders.