Standardized tests continue to show that a majority of California students perform below grade level in measures of reading and literacy. The issue of literacy is also often woven into other concerns about student performance and proficiency.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
The plan for the first time calls for requiring preschool programs to identify and report the languages spoken by children enrolled.
Researchers say students learning English need more small groups and live instruction, so they can practice speaking and listening.
Funds will be shared by 75 elementary schools with the lowest reading scores.
U.S. math scores have not budged significantly since 2003 on the worldwide assessment.
Analytical tools that are available but not used can help schools better understand how to improve student performance.
Students do better in school when they feel connected to what they are learning, teacher says.
The test is outdated and there is no evidence that it contributes to more effective instruction.
In a district with an increasing number of students from various countries, this Oakland teacher wants to foster communication.
The trainings teach preschool teachers how to help children learn English and keep their home languages, so they can be more successful in kindergarten and beyond.
Unaccompanied immigrant students face a daunting set of obstacles to finish high school. Many students have survived severe trauma in their home countries or missed years of school.
Linda Darling-Hammond, chair of teacher credentialing commission, calls the state assessment out of date and not a good predictor of classroom performance.
Local libraries help parents to learn early literacy skills through storytime. Children's librarians say storytime is one of the best ways to cultivate a young child's interest in books and encourage lifelong reading.
The likely future governor of California opens a window to the painful world of dyslexia experienced by millions of children and adults.
Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests.