The State Board of Education oversees the adoption and implementation of K-12 academic standards, such as the Common Core. It also adopts instructional materials for K-8. The Legislature handed the Board the job of setting rules for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula. The governor appoints 10 of its 11 members to four-year terms. The Board annually appoints an 11th voting member, a high school student.
The U.S. Department of Education has rejected California’s request to begin administering online tests this spring based on new science standards.
California argues that the online testing format squares with the federal 'Testing Action Plan' to reduce the time students spend taking standardized tests.
California education officials have appealed the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to reject the state’s request to begin phasing in new science tests this spring.
California education officials want the U.S. Department of Education to permanently suspend the current multiple-choice, paper-and-pencil science assessments that are based on outdated standards from 1998.
Students will be learning based on the new Next Generation Science Standards.
The new California accountability system for schools will use a "report card" format.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan's third version may not be a charm but it is an improvement.
Congress has given states more freedom to decide how best to use Title I dollars for low-income children.
But the revised LCAP templates may not end up shorter.
One of the goals is to increase the number of computer science courses offered.
The state wants to avoid double testing students during the transition to a new test.
Schools and districts will be measured based on parent involvement, college and career readiness and, of course, test scores.
The new system will move away from relying primarily on test scores.