Commentary: New California accountability dashboard provides little light for poor families
By Seth Litt “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin For more than a year, families from Parent Revolution’s Parent Power Network have voiced their concerns about the direction of California’s school accountability system. They’ve met with legislators, taken multiple overnight bus trips...
By Guest Contributor | March 30, 2017 1:48 pm
More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
By Kevin Mahnken Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 1:56 pm
Report card time for schools: California Dashboard goes live today, but some find it impossible to navigate
A statewide public school rating system is available today, but some find it difficult to understand. Rather than having a simple one-number score, the new California School Dashboard Report uses a series of colors to rate various aspects of each school. Some community groups say that makes it hard for parents to compare schools. Former school board member...
By Mike Szymanski | March 15, 2017 12:39 pm
Q&A on California’s new school rating system that you can start using today
California’s new school accountability report, or Dashboard, was launched Wednesday morning by the state Board of Education, and it’s supposed to more accurately represent the success and progress of California public schools. But it’s in beta-test mode right now, according to the state officials launching the Dashboard. For now, it’s only available in English and Spanish, with...
By Mike Szymanski | March 15, 2017 12:39 pm
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Parents continue to push for a simple way to evaluate schools as California readies its accountability dashboard
* UPDATE Alexandra Mangia joined about three dozen other parents from Los Angeles to ride a bus overnight to speak in Sacramento about the state’s new way to rate schools. In her one-minute speech Wednesday before the state Board of Education, she talked about how shocked she was to discover how low the test scores...
By Mike Szymanski | March 9, 2017 2:14 pm
Community groups offer ways to simplify state accountability system
A coalition of community activist groups concerned with education issued a report to show how California can create a simple rating for schools that all can understand. A busload of three dozen families from Los Angeles will attend a state Board of Education meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday to urge the state to keep it...
By Mike Szymanski | March 6, 2017 8:27 am
Poll: Californians have rosier view of their schools and want to fund them more
California’s voters have an improved view of public education in the state and want to increase the funds schools get, according to an annual PACE/USC Rossier School of Education poll. Researchers noted that voters’ optimism regarding their local public schools has reached a high point since the poll began five years ago. Twenty-three percent of Californians...
By Craig Clough | September 12, 2016 5:19 pm
Commentary: New state accountability system signals progress
By Sonya Heisters There is a growing, and arguably overwhelming, array of ways to measure school performance. Many researchers and policymakers say that we’ve been measuring the wrong things and, in some cases, I think that those naysayers are on to something. Then, in Thursday’s California State Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously adopted a new accountability system that, in...
By Guest Contributor | September 12, 2016 7:45 am
How this LA Unified math teacher and blogger hooked his kids on data
*UPDATED There were three days left in the school year, and final grades had already been turned in. Benjamin Feinberg’s 8th grade algebra students at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park were looking forward to graduation and officially becoming high schoolers. But despite these kids having no tangible reason to stay engaged in the lesson...
By Craig Clough | July 12, 2016 9:51 am
California in the age of ESSA: Can schools be held accountable without real consequences
This is the last in a three-part series examining California’s approach to education data and school accountability. Part One surveyed how the state’s skepticism of test-based accountability starts at the top with Gov. Jerry Brown, who successfully took on the federal government; Part Two explored how the elimination of certain data systems has limited educational research...
By Matt Barnum | June 30, 2016 10:18 am