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.
Innovative program that allowed rural districts to collaborate to create and expand community school programs runs into a surprising roadblock.
The state's "whole child" model stresses collaborating with parents, teachers and community organizations; 265 districts are to receive initial funding.
Drafters of revision tempered language, reiterated local control of 8th grade Algebra and reemphasized high-level math options are for all students.
California's 2022 revision of the mathematics framework should be where we come together to improve on what actually works — and be based on peer-reviewed data.
The history of pandemics illustrates the importance of continued vigilance.
State Board agrees to cut as much as 2 hours from lengthy Smarter Balanced assessments; parents won't receive as many details as in past.
The surest path to safe and full in-person instruction throughout the school year is a strong emphasis on these reliable prevention measures: vaccines, masks, testing, tracing, and ventilation.
Voluntary guidance for math instruction faces criticism from parents saying it stunts potential for students in advanced math pathways.
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
The state model curriculum will provide guidelines, but districts will face the hard decisions on what and how to teach ethnic studies.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
An EdSource survey of the state’s 58 counties shows most California students are learning online, and many districts that had not reopened for face-to-face instruction are postponing their plans, if only temporarily, during current health crisis.