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  • 09/08/2015. Edsource

    As the California Department of Education prepares to release the first set of student test scores based on the Common Core State Standards, a new poll shows voters have mixed feelings about the new standards, including many who don’t understand what they are, or how they’re being implemented.

  • 09/08/2015. The Hechinger Report

    As kids across the country return to school, the results of a new poll suggest it’s adults who need a lesson on the Common Core State Standards, a set of end-of-grade expectations in math and English adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia.

  • 09/08/2015

    Meta-analysis of multiple studies shows a statistically significant relationship between different forms of suspension and academic achievement, and between out-of-school suspension and dropout, suggesting that schools may want to reconsider the use of high levels of suspension, particularly for minor or non-violent offenses.

  • 08/28/2015. Edsource

    By John Fensterwald

    Though far from a majority, an increasing number of Californians say that the state’s public schools have gotten better over the past few years, according to a poll released on Thursday.

    But it’s not because they are impressed with the sweeping changes in managing and financing K-12 schools. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they had never heard anything about the Local Control Funding Formula, the new funding and governance law that the Legislature passed two years ago.

  • 08/28/2015. Edsource

    By John Fensterwald

    California Department of Education officials have repeatedly cautioned against comparing students’ scores on past state standardized tests with forthcoming results on tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The academic standards have changed and the tests are different, making comparisons inaccurate, they and others have warned.

  • 08/23/2015
  • 07/28/2015

    For over one million children in California with special health care needs, schools must address the health services they require during schools hours to ensure their safety and access to an education. Students with special health care needs are at higher risk than their peers for missing school, repeating a grade, and dropout. Yet in many cases, schools are not aware of students’ health conditions and do not monitor them as a group at risk for school failure.

  • 07/21/2015

    In many states and school districts nationwide, student performance on standardized tests plays an important role in high-stakes decisions such as grade retention. A recent study examines the adverse effects of grade retention in Florida, which requires students with reading skills below grade level to be retained in the 3rd grade. The results indicate that grade retention increases the likelihood of disciplinary problems in the short run, yet these effects dissipate over time. The findings also suggest that these short term adverse effects are concentrated among economically disadvantaged and male students.

  • 07/14/2015

    To save on transportation and overhead costs, more and more schools are switching from the traditional Monday through Friday school week to a four-day-week schedule. However, it is unknown whether the shortened school week impacts student performance. Results from recent research indicate a positive relationship between the four-day week and performance in reading and mathematics, suggesting that moving to a four-day week does not compromise student academic achievement.

  • 07/07/2015

    In the face of shrinking government budgets and a growing need to train a high-skilled labor force, policymakers have become increasingly interested in cost-effective measures that induce more students to pursue post-secondary education. New research examines whether a low cost intervention, where information about a student's own academic ability is provided, influences their decision about whether and where to attend college.

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