Ryan J. Smith: How can California be a beacon on a hill if it’s leaving its students at the base of the mountain?
‘Tis the season when we read posts and watch online videos of the young men and women who received their college acceptances. While we celebrate these milestones, the number of students of color and low-income students who are admitted to and complete college are still too few. In California, according to the California Competes, only...
By Ryan J. Smith | April 23, 2018
LA families will have more school quality information than ever before in new interactive tool that rates schools
*Updated April 12 Driven by mounting urgency to improve struggling schools and widespread dissatisfaction with California’s school evaluation tool, LA Unified board members voted Tuesday to create an assessment framework that will allow parents to more easily compare schools as well as select the measures by which to evaluate them. The key difference from the California...
By Laura Greanias | April 12, 2018
California makes some gains in reading, but NAEP scores remain flat amid signs of a widening gap between highest and lowest performers
Test scores released Tuesday for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continued a decade-long trend of stasis, with small improvements measured only for performance in eighth-grade reading. While states with disparate academic approaches have made some strides over the past few years — notably Florida and California — national averages have varied only slightly, despite...
By Kevin Mahnken | April 10, 2018
As Gov. Brown allocates more education funding, LAUSD moves to make sure its neediest schools benefit the most
Responding to years of pressure by Los Angeles community and education advocates, LA Unified next month may commit to funding schools based on a new ranking that gives priority to those with the highest-need students. Nearly $140 million in new funding is expected to flow to the district in the next two years as part...
By Laura Greanias | April 4, 2018
LAUSD moves to streamline how schools are rated, making it easier for parents to compare and evaluate them
Los Angeles parents will get a simpler way to evaluate and compare schools, if a plan by three LA Unified school board members is passed next month that gives schools a single score or rating based primarily on student achievement and growth. It’s been five years since the Academic Performance Index, which ranked California schools...
By Laura Greanias | March 28, 2018
Lots of talk but little action to help the lowest-performing schools in Los Angeles and California
There’s been a lot of talk but little action from Los Angeles and California education officials when it comes to supporting the lowest-performing schools. Last week state board members again voted to put off revisions to California’s education plan, which are required in order for the plan to be approved by the federal Department of...
By Laura Greanias | March 19, 2018