Seth Litt: Kids in low-performing schools lose big under California’s ESSA plan
By Seth Litt On July 12, the California Board of Education met to discuss the state’s plan to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which must be approved and submitted by September. Board President Michael Kirst opened the conversation with a defense of the draft plan, which offers no commitment on...
By Guest contributor | August 3, 2017
Teacher groups frustrated with California ESSA plan’s ‘loose’ definition of ineffective teachers
Teacher advocacy groups are concerned that California’s definition of an ineffective teacher is too loose and won’t be bolstered before the state has to turn in its federal accountability plan in two months. Each state must submit its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by Sept. 18, and one accountability measure...
By Mike Szymanski | July 14, 2017
Accountability and school improvement are top concerns as Angelenos give input on California’s ESSA plan
Only eight people showed up at one of the last chances for parents and educators to give input on the state’s overall school plan that they need to submit in order to get about $80 billion from the federal government. Their top concerns for the state as it formulates its Every Student Succeeds Act plan were...
By Mike Szymanski | June 15, 2017
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...
By Guest contributor | March 30, 2017
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
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