Williams: California, where orange is the new red and school accountability just got much harder to read
Oh, California, you paradise, you far-flung western shoal, you frontier beyond purple mountains and fruited plains, you earth-shaking technological marvel, you never-ending party — California, you’re the land of good news, where the economy booms and the culture is wildly, diversely, supremely cool. You’re the golden realm at the end of our national rainbow. Fittingly,...
By Conor Williams | November 13, 2017
‘Why do the state and the district not want us to know the truth about our kids’ schools?’ — What a ‘technical’ tweak to the California School Dashboard means
California parents who want to know how schools are performing will now have to look deeper into the new California School Dashboard to figure it out. The dashboard, which was rolled out this spring as the state’s new way to assess schools and school districts, is a collection of color-coded boxes rating various aspects of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 9, 2017
9 reasons why an education advocacy organization says California’s ESSA plan won’t cut it
California’s plan to comply with federal education law comes up short in nine key areas and is destined to have portions rejected, according to the influential California advocacy organization Children Now. Based on federal feedback to states that have already submitted their plans, the Oakland-based nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy organization has sent letters to the state...
By Sarah Favot | August 29, 2017
ESSA reviewers call out California’s plan as weak on identifying low-performing students and schools
California owes the U.S. Department of Education an ESSA plan on Sept. 18, but the current draft doesn’t do enough to identify low-performing students and schools, according to a recent independent review. Out of nine criteria, Bellwether Education Partners gave the state’s plan for complying with the new federal accountability law six low scores. Proposals for...
By Kate Stringer | August 29, 2017
Gonez introduces ambitious resolution to ensure LAUSD students succeed in college and careers
New school board member Kelly Gonez is introducing an ambitious resolution that calls for making detailed data available to the public to ensure students are supported and able to complete college and “access a rewarding career.” With this resolution, called “Creating Pathways to Lifelong Success for Our Students,” Gonez is fulfilling a key campaign promise to...
By Mike Szymanski | August 18, 2017
California may see more ‘parent triggers’ to force school improvement as state’s ESSA plan ‘punts’ on responsibility
With only weeks to go until California’s deadline to submit its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the federal government, parents are wondering if the state will offer any guarantee that the lowest-performing schools will improve. Esther Covarrubias, a mother from South LA, believes the nearly finished draft does not. A stronger option, she...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 3, 2017