December 4, 2014
An after-school program at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere to help students grasp the Next Generation Science Standards, which are starting to be implemented statewide. The standards include integrating engineering design into science education.
November 19, 2014
A review of 30 well-designed studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance. Students who were below grade level in English gained the most from these programs, according to some of the studies.
November 18, 2014
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, a new report concludes.
November 16, 2014
Community groups in East and South Los Angeles have spent the past decade making L.A. Unified officials listen and respond to their needs, long before districts were required to do so under California’s new Local Control Funding Formula.
November 9, 2014
Hayward school officials, police, businesses and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. Merchants are refusing to serve school-aged youths during school hours, and if students persist, police take them back to school to get them help staying in class.
November 5, 2014
The Oakland Unified School District’s parcel tax to fund college and career programs passed Tuesday by a wide margin. The measure is believed to be the first in California to specifically target career programs at high schools.
October 16, 2014
In a national ranking, California is at the top in providing quality after-school programs based on the percentage of students involved, parent satisfaction and other factors, according to a survey released Thursday by the Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy group for expanded learning.
October 14, 2014
Jefferson High School in Los Angeles – where some students waited two months for their class schedules and were assigned to classes with no content, given menial administrative tasks or sent home early – may be an extreme example of lost instructional time but it is not an isolated case, according to a class-action lawsuit.
September 1, 2014
Summer programs target the phenomenon known as "summer melt," in which high school seniors who graduate and are accepted to college never show up. Low-income or first-generation college students are the most likely to melt away.
August 28, 2014
A summer internship program at one of the nation’s premier biomedical research labs puts high school and college students on the front lines of cutting-edge medical research. The goal is to increase diversity in medical research and introduce students to the work world.
August 21, 2014
Senate Bill 1221, authored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, which would give funding priority to summer programs for students and sets new quality standards for all out-of-school programs, has passed the Legislature and is awaiting approval by the governor.
August 20, 2014
The tradition of heading back to school after Labor Day is disappearing. A survey by EdSource of the state's 30 largest districts, serving one-third of the state's 6 million students, shows that only seven will start school after the holiday.
August 5, 2014
Surprised by data showing that thousands of high school students are just one or two courses shy of meeting state university admissions requirements, the University of California has launched a summer program to help students make up the courses they’re missing and put them on a solid footing for college.