Forty-one states, including California, have adopted the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts. The standards describe the knowledge and skills that students should master by the end of each grade to graduate from high school ready for success in college and the workplace. Over 3 million students in the 3d through 8th grade, and in the 10th grade, were first tested on the Smarter Balanced assessments aligned with the Common Core in the spring of 2015, the first time standardized tests were administered online. Major ongoing issues are whether teachers are adequately prepared to teach based on the standards in all schools and districts throughout the state, whether they have adequate curriculum materials aligned with the standards, and whether students, especially English learners and special ed students, are adequately prepared to take the new assessments.
Matthew Duffy said his primary goals are raising student achievement and reducing teacher turnover.
Oakland Unified is one of 28 districts that could face state intervention if at least three student subgroups don't improve in the next two years.
A RAND study found some personalized learning schools made gains, but it was difficult to determine which specific strategies worked and which didn't.
More than a dozen schools in California have received Next Generation Learning Challenge Grants, including nine in Oakland.
County offices of education are working with districts identified for "differentiated assistance" due to poor performance by student subgroups.
Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests.
Webinar series looks at teacher recruitment and preparation, professional learning, appraisal and feedback, and career ladders in top-performing countries and U.S.
Four California school districts and four county offices of education will each receive $625,000 to train bilingual teachers for new classes.
Study of 24 states shows California's math and English language arts standards are rigorous and are focused on college and career-readiness.
UC Santa Barbara researcher discusses high school dropouts, graduation rates and plans to study courses taken and grades earned to receive diplomas.
New research finds that a shift to school-based, peer-led teacher training also can raise student achievement.
The foundation says it will spend $1.7 billion on K-12 education over the next five years, on local, regional and state networks, "big bets" on innovation, charter schools, and research and development.
Exam suspended in 2015 no longer required for graduation, now that state has adopted new Common Core standards and school accountability metrics.
Third-graders, the first class taught according to Common Core standards since kindergarten, show the biggest gains.
Search results for the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced assessments of math and English language arts by school or district and see three-year trendlines for the Common Core-aligned tests.