California is evolving to a new system of testing and accountability that will weigh eight priorities, including school climate and parent engagement, to judge school progress. An education law, passed in 2013, orders a new generation of computer-based standardized tests, starting with Common Core assessments of English language arts and math in 2015.
Oakland Unified is one of 28 districts that could face state intervention if at least three student subgroups don't improve in the next two years.
A RAND study found some personalized learning schools made gains, but it was difficult to determine which specific strategies worked and which didn't.
County offices of education are working with districts identified for "differentiated assistance" due to poor performance by student subgroups.
The study showed a significant increase in math performance, especially among low-income high school students.
Districts focusing on reasons for chronic absenteeism, such as illness, suspensions, transportation and family disruptions.
Patrick O’Donnell says students would benefit from subbing SAT or ACT for Smarter Balanced math and reading exams
Equity advocates give California an incomplete grade on its new accountability system.
More details and tweaks in wording may not resolve key differences over Every Student Succeeds Act.
Most must act on their own, without state or county assistance.
Culture shift included schoolwide writing, comprehensive teacher training, teambuilding, new classes, and stressing importance of standardized tests.
Is state board exercising flexibility or violating the Every Student Succeeds Act?
The dashboard moves California one step closer to completing a sweeping overhaul of public education aimed at better preparing students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Fordham Institute gives high fives to what California dislikes: grading schools A to F with heavy weight for test scores.
State assumed more districts' scores would grow, and they didn't. That created a problem; designating fewer districts in the 'red' is part of the fix.
An Education Trust-West study found wide achievement gaps, even though Latino students make up a majority of students.