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.
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.
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.
The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
Allen has been a civil rights lawyer and deputy education policy director. He’ll juggle two jobs serving both Newsom and the state board.
The revision stresses inclusion but keeps focus on four ethnic/racial groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.
Riverside administrator Cynthia Glover Woods, Yurok Tribe leader James McQuillen and bilingual high school teacher Haydee Rodriguez join the board.
Darling-Hammond says state will double down to support school districts, families and students.
The state is promoting computer science in K-12 schools, but UC and CSU colleges lack bandwidth to meet the demand.