Testing Tools Approved for Smarter Balanced Assessments
California and the 24 other states developing the Smarter Balanced assessments aligned to the new Common Core standards have approved support tools for all students, including English language learners and students with disabilities. The supports range from digital notepads to test items translated into the student’s native language. The “Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines” identifies three types...
By Brenda Iasevoli | September 12, 2013
CA Education Spending Down Almost 14 Percent Since 2008
California is among the top 10 states with the sharpest declines in spending for K-12 education since the last recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The study found that California’s per-student spending was down 13.8 percent since the 2008 school year. In all, 34 states are spending less on K-12 education...
By Chase Niesner | September 12, 2013
State To Defray Costs of Test Fees for Low-Income Students
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the state will defray costs of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees for more than 129,000 low-income students across California. The $10.8 million, which will be distributed to school districts, represents nearly a third of the total funding distributed to states under the...
By Chase Niesner | September 9, 2013
LA Unified Getting $113 Million for Common Core Transition*
The state announced today that Los Angeles Unified will receive about $113 million over the next two months to implement the new Common Core academic standards. The money represents $107 million for regular public schools and about $6 million for district charter schools. In addition, independently run charters within LAUSD will receive more than $23...
By Vanessa Romo | September 3, 2013
KIPP Schools API Scores Rank Among LA Unified’s Best
Among the mixed bag of Academic Performance Index scores for LA Unified released by the California Department of Education yesterday were a handful of gems. Several of the brightest, including the highest score for any school in the district as well as the highest scoring middle school, belonged to KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter...
By Vanessa Romo | August 30, 2013
Common Core Standards Now Available from CA in Print Form
As a tool for better understanding California’s public education shift, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today the Common Core State Standards are now available in print for the first time. CDE Press, the publishing arm of the California Department of Education, is offering print versions of the California Common Core State Standards: English...
By LA School Report | August 26, 2013
State DOE is Restoring Support for Federal Cuts in Head Start
Three days after the Obama administration warned that thousands of low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs, the California Department of Education announced today distribution of $25 million in state “restoration” funds. The state money is intended to salvage preschool services as part of the California State Preschool Program, which...
By LA School Report | August 22, 2013
Deasy: ‘One of the Biggest Adjustments Ever’
LA Unified opens its doors for a new school year tomorrow, and despite an especially contentious few months for LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, he’s all optimism. In Part One of a two-part interview, LA School Report contributor Vanessa Romo talks with Deasy about his relationship with teachers, the challenges of pioneering the new Common Core...
By LA School Report | August 12, 2013
CA Finds Social Media Postings During Tests at 23 LAUSD Schools
Nearly two dozen LA Unified schools were cited by state education officials on Friday as schools where social media postings occurred during recent statewide tests. In a news release, they identified two schools — Alexander Hamilton Senior High and Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High – where the postings showed legible test questions...
By LA School Report | August 9, 2013
Duncan Rejects Waiver Request
In a letter to the California Board of Education, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan rejected California’s request to be exempted from certain No Child Left Behind requirements because he didn’t feel California was willing to take on rigorous enough reforms. Read the full letter below: Arne Duncan’s Letter Rejecting California’s NCLB Waiver Request
By Samantha Oltman | January 7, 2013