This week, the regents of the University of California bucked a faculty report and unanimously backed President Janet Napolitano’s recommendation to end the admission requirement that students take the SAT and ACT for admissions. UC plans to develop its own standardized test by 2025.
We discuss that big news as well as the assertion by school groups and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond that schools’ reopening will be delayed without more state or federal funding.
Also, the coronavirus has hit the state’s 200,000-plus homeless students particularly hard and created daunting challenges for school districts to reach out to them. Reporter Carolyn Jones points to districts making extraordinary efforts to serve homeless students, and Susie Terry, coordinator of homeless education services for the San Diego County Office of Education, suggests what else districts could be doing for them.
For background to this podcast, check out the following from EdSource:
- In historic action, UC moves to drop SAT/ACT and develop a replacement exam for admissions
- California State University suspends SAT/ACT testing for 2021-22 admissions, joining UC
- California’s homeless students at risk of falling through the cracks during pandemic
- Schools fail to identify thousands of homeless children, state audit finds
- California schools can’t reopen safely without more federal dollars, state schools chief says
- Six urban California districts say proposed budget cuts will set back restarting school