California is in the midst of major reforms in the way math is taught based on the Common Core standards. It is also implementing new approaches to teaching science as a result of the state’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. At the same time, the state faces a shortage of teachers in both math and science. How well students do in each of these major areas of the curriculum have long-range implications for California’s future.
The state is in the process of rewriting its mathematics guidance for schools and teachers, hoping to expand access to advanced math.
Almost two-thirds of California high schools lack computer science courses and schools serving predominantly low-income students are four times less likely to offer advanced placement computer science courses.
Voluntary guidance for math instruction faces criticism from parents saying it stunts potential for students in advanced math pathways.
California school districts have plenty of money for robust summer school programs this year, but teachers may just be too tired to sign up.
Teachers have crafted weeks and even months-long lessons culminating with the historic Mars rover landing on Feb. 18.
A state-funded program is designing strategies for families to keep kids learning at home even when in-person preschool is canceled.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
School districts like West Contra Costa Unified lacked updated learning materials aligned to California’s new science standards prior to the current school year.
Math learning experts are pushing for grade-level content over remediation during the pandemic.
As California faces another coronavirus surge, scientists and museum guides are taking to Zoom to meet students at home.
Skills and knowledge matter, but workers must be able to apply them to solve problems in rapidly shifting work environments.
The decision comes after CSU delayed a vote to add a quantitative reasoning course — in addition to 3 years of math — as an admission requirement.
In California, leaders of 37% of outdoor education programs said they will remain closed due to lack of financing after the coronavirus pandemic.
While some families are doing science projects at home, teachers say a lack of supplies makes it difficult to assign hands-on experiments.
Some companies are cancelling summer internships altogether amid the coronavirus pandemic.