Exclusive analysis: CDC COVID youth vaccination figures clash — sometimes by double-digits — with locally reported rates
Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s — ‘a matter for national concern,’ experts say
When graduating isn’t enough: New KIPP scholarship will help first-gen college grads at risk of being ‘underemployed’
The Morning Read
Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 06.14.21
Analysis: Acceleration vs. remediation, closing the achievement gap, keeping academic growth going — insights from math learning in the pandemic
The pandemic has been devastating for students and families on so many levels. It also produced insights that constitute urgent news for schools, both as they contend with the next wave of coronavirus and in the longer-term future. Today, a quarter of elementary school students in the U.S. use the Zearn platform and they have...
By Shalinee Sharma | October 25, 2021
Commentary: Better listeners make better readers and more successful students. It’s time to bring the science of listening into the home & classroom
Speaking and listening account for the overwhelming majority of how we receive information in our daily communications. Yet, average listeners may understand and recall as little as 10 percent of what they hear, as people are often distracted, preoccupied, or forgetful. As vital as listening is in our education, jobs, families and virtually every aspect...
By Malbert Smith | October 20, 2021
Commentary: Black and brown school leaders are essential for real educational equity, but they need to support in order to succeed
Authentic connections among educators, students, parents and their community are critical for the success of a school. These connections are essential in pursuing equity, addressing opportunity gaps and supporting Black and brown students. Unfortunately, between the underrepresentation of Black teachers and school leaders and the utter failure of teacher training programs to adequately prepare educators...
By Naomi Shelton | October 18, 2021
Spicer: Arts education can help students’ social and emotional well-being as they transition back to in-person school. Here’s how
As children make their way back into physical classrooms after an unprecedented year of virtual education, parents and educators must ask a crucial question: What can be done to help returning students cope with feelings of anxiety, depression and powerlessness? One avenue for encouraging children’s personal wellness is a return to arts education, whose far-ranging...
By Neve Spicer | October 13, 2021
Student survey: Depression, stress and anxiety leading barriers to learning as access to trusted adults drops
Nearly half of American students with learning barriers cited increasing amounts of stress, depression and anxiety as the leading obstacle in the 2020-21 school year. At the same time, students say their access to a trusted adult to discuss that stress decreased, according to a new national survey. In the third and final survey of...
By Marianna McMurdock | October 12, 2021
Study: AI uncovers skin-tone gap in most-beloved children’s books
The most popular, award-winning children’s books tend to shade their Black, Asian and Hispanic characters with lighter skin tones than stories recognized for identity-based awards, new research finds. The discovery comes on the heels of a half decade of advocacy to diversify the historically white and male-centric kids’ literature genre, leading to modest gains in racial...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | October 11, 2021
Child tax credit payments a ‘shot in the arm’ for families, but some argue extending them should depend on results
Jessica Hudson, a political science student at San Francisco State University, was balancing school and work when she had to quit both to stay home with her two children during remote learning last year. Then the whole family, Hudson’s partner included, got sick with COVID-19. They found themselves overspending on a laundry service because they...
By Linda Jacobson | October 7, 2021
White House memo: Debt ceiling debate could impact $50 billion in K-12 funding, including Title I and special ed
Updated October 8 The Senate on Thursday passed a short-term, $480 billion increase in the debt ceiling that lasts through Dec. 3 — a move that prevents the U.S. government from failing to pay its financial obligations. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, after vowing not to help Democrats with the issue, rallied 11 Republicans to end debate...
By Linda Jacobson | October 6, 2021
San Francisco ethnic studies courses produced major educational benefits, researchers find as country debates anti-racist teaching in schools
Amid a heated political feud over the way educators should teach students about the legacy of issues like white supremacy and slavery, a major new study points to a positive, lasting link between antiracist instruction and improved academic outcomes for teens who struggle in school. The study, published Sept. 14 in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the...
By Mark Keierleber | October 5, 2021
What happens when an ‘all-of-government approach’ to preventing evictions leaves out schools: Advocates fault Biden plan for delays in rental assistance
Most of the students at Monte Del Sol Charter School live along what is known as the Airport Road corridor in Sante Fe, New Mexico — a high-poverty, mostly immigrant community where “trailer parks hide behind fake adobe walls,” said Cate Moses, the school’s homeless liaison. These are the families she had in mind last...
By Linda Jacobson | October 4, 2021