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.
California’s new science standards emphasize an approach that combines scientific disciplines.
Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
Analytical tools that are available but not used can help schools better understand how to improve student performance.
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.
Dozens of districts across the state have adopted policies and resolutions targeting climate change.
Some warn that it will be difficult for other districts to increase math graduation requirements due to budget and staffing constraints.
CSU has also pledged $10 million to train more math and science teachers, but skeptics question whether that investment will be sufficient.
Thousands of youth-led protests took place on Friday leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week.
Some schools may not yet have enough math and science courses to offer a State Seal of STEM.
Opponents say the requirement would harm black and Latino students. Supporters say it would prepare students for college math courses.
A new rubric for science textbooks aims to help teachers understand the state standards while picking out new materials.
Promise Academy had a partnership with the Tech Museum; its fight with San Jose Unified mirrors conflicts statewide over charter schools.
The materials are not on the state’s list of approved science programs, which many districts will turn to as they begin their curriculum adoption process.
Added funding will help recruit and provide financial support for students, as well as create new credential pathways.