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  • 11/03/2016. Education Week

    By Charles Taylor Kerchner

    In school accountability, flashlights work better than hammers.

    That's the oft-repeated argument of California's CORE districts, a data collaborative now serving over 1.8-million students. It's generally recognized that the practice of using data to bash schools—commonly known as naming and shaming—doesn't help them get better. But it's still an open experiment whether illuminating school problems with more focused data will do a better job.

  • 10/12/2016. EdSource
  • 10/03/2016. Education Next

    With the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, states have gained substantial new freedom to reshape their school accountability systems, including criteria for how to measure and communicate school performance to the public. One dominant model is the streamlined letter-grade system first adopted by Florida, which focuses on student achievement on annual statewide tests. By contrast, California is developing a dashboard-style system, which encompasses multiple measures, such as student attendance and school climate.

  • 10/03/2016

    With the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, states have gained substantial new freedom to reshape their school accountability systems, including criteria for how to measure and communicate school performance to the public. One dominant model is the streamlined letter-grade system first adopted by Florida, which focuses on student achievement on annual statewide tests. By contrast, California is developing a dashboard-style system, which encompasses multiple measures, such as student attendance and school climate.

  • 09/02/2016. Edsource

    By Michael Kirst The State Board of Education has been working for several years to develop a new accountability system based on the Local Control Funding Formula, which the Legislature and governor passed in 2013. In September, the state board will take an important step forward by establishing a new way to measure progress and identify problems in our schools and districts, giving parents, teachers and community members a better idea of what is happening at their schools.

  • 08/22/2016. Sacramento Bee

    By David Plank

    Imagine you are a judge on a cooking show. Every contestant prepares three different dishes, and you must choose the best cook. But different cooks are good at different things, so what measure can you use to judge them all?

    That’s the question California lawmakers are grappling with in trying to rate schools. Historically, we’ve thrown all the things that schools do into a blender and judged the “soup” that comes out.

  • 08/10/2016

    California provides early learning to children below the age of kindergarten eligibility through a variety of providers, some licensed and some not, including state Pre-K programs, private Pre-K providers, and Head Start. The mixed delivery system creates barriers for communication and obstacles for quality in early childhood education.

  • 07/27/2016. Policy Analysis for California Education

    In 2013 the California Legislature created the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) to assist school districts, County Offices of Education, and charter schools in improving the performance of California schools and students. The CCEE is expected to provide “advice and assistance” to local actors in an education system with 58 counties, more than 1,000 school districts, and over 10,000 schools including 1,175 charter schools.

  • 07/20/2016. EdSource

    When we think of school we too often picture rows of students sitting quietly at their desks, listening to the teacher or reading a textbook. This familiar image of a quiet classroom and docile students is and should be increasingly outdated. The state’s new Common Core and Next Generation science standards require teachers to teach and students to learn in more dynamic ways. They raise the bar for subject-matter knowledge in English, math and science.

  • 07/12/2016

    By Daisy Gonzales

    This is one of the most exciting, daunting and critically important moments in California's education policy history. We are all in uncharted territory.

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