Almost half of California’s public school students speak a language other than English in their homes. Many of those students began kindergarten still learning English. After years of English-only policies, California passed a law in 2016 allowing schools to establish bilingual programs to help more students learn more than one language, or retain their home language, while learning English. Under California’s funding formula, school districts receive more funding to serve children who are English learners.
Professional development for teachers is key to closing opportunity gaps.
California’s smallest school districts struggle to pay for supplies, staff and technology needed to reopen schools.
To learn English, children need a lot of practice speaking aloud and interacting with others, which was difficult when school campuses closed.
Education Trust-West, the survey's sponsor, sees evidence that months-long school closures will compound challenges facing low-income students.
Test scores are only one measure of a student, but they can be used to dispel stereotypes and promote higher achievement, superintendent says.
The results are the first set of scores for a new test aligned with California’s new science standards.
Early education is enhanced by school communities that affirm and support the languages and cultures students bring to the classroom.
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.
Removing tests from admissions process would allow UC to recruit and educate California’s best and brightest from all backgrounds.
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.
Math scores for Latino students have more than doubled at Robbins Elementary since 2014-15.
After examining three districts' spending, State Auditor Elaine Howle calls for tighter controls over Local Control Funding Formula.
The state board will deliver an LCAP template that will be easier to read, but it probably still won't be easy to follow the money.
Readers can access results for California’s Smarter Balanced tests taken by students in the spring in nearly 10,000 school statewide.
Average scores have been rising in English language arts, but dropping in math as students progress through middle and high school — a cause for worry.