LA hearings this week: How to review and give input on California’s ESSA plan to help low achievers
State education officials have solicited meetings all month to work out a plan to let the federal education department know how they will help low-achieving students. Some community education leaders said they think the state still has a long way to go. Two meetings will be held this week in Los Angeles, and two more will...
By Mike Szymanski | June 12, 2017
The Senate’s 50-49 killing of ESSA rules: A sweeping change in how California will rate (and fix) schools
The Senate voted Wednesday to block Obama administration accountability rules governing how states rate and improve schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The move, which precludes the U.S. Education Department and newly confirmed Secretary Betsy DeVos from issuing any substantially similar regulations, will send even more power back to the states, already retaking the...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 10, 2017
Sorry, no counselor today: A teacher’s plea for ESSA funding to help neediest students
By Misti D. Kemmer Just last Thursday, I experienced one of those especially emotional days at work. I got a call that the mother of one of my fourth-grade students had passed away. Not five minutes later, another student went to the back of the room, sat down in a chair and began to cry. I...
By Guest contributor | January 27, 2017
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
Commentary: Is California failing its dual language learners?
These days, Washington, D.C., policymakers are focused on working through the details of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is replacing No Child Left Behind as the nation’s preeminent federal education legislation. The deliberations have included some conversations about how the law treats multilingual students. It’s early days to know how ESSA — and...
By Conor Williams | May 10, 2016
Anatomy of school success and failure: Inside CORE’s accountability system
When LA Unified and five other school districts unveiled a new school accountability system in February, it represented California’s first significant move toward incorporating more than just test scores while also valuing how well the neediest students are performing. The School Quality Improvement Index, which was developed by the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), is...
By Craig Clough | April 18, 2016