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.
Recent reforms are translating into improved performance, says former state schools chief.
State must signal importance of science to accelerate implementation of new science standards.
Kate Gerson trains teachers to change their practices and to use standards-aligned curriculum materials to provide rigorous lessons to all students.
Standards focus on equity and achievement gap, teacher retention and leadership, academic standards, coaching, and school climate.
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.