Commentary: Opportunity and Challenge in ‘No Child’ Rewrite
By Chris Hofmann President Obama last week signed the most important education legislation in over a decade, the long-awaited reauthorization of ESEA and No Child Left Behind. The provisions of the law will have a profound effect on what school is like for my class of 26 fourth graders and will reverberate throughout the everyday...
By Guest contributor | December 14, 2015
What does NCLB rewrite mean for LAUSD? Maybe not so much
With President Obama‘s signing the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law yesterday, a new era of federal and state education policy has been ushered in. While the new law, Every Child Achieves Act (ESSA), doesn’t mean much for LA Unified in an immediate sense because it had already received a waiver from...
By Craig Clough | December 11, 2015
Obama Administration agrees to extend LAUSD waiver to NCLB
Los Angeles Unified and five other California school districts got welcome news today as the U.S. Department of Education extended their waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, giving them continued flexibility in how they spend millions to educate low-income students. Known collectively as the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), the districts won...
By LA School Report | September 25, 2015
Senate NCLB rewrite gets lots of praise, some yawns, a few boos
The Senate passed a rewrite of the expired No Child Left Behind law yesterday with broad, bipartisan support. The George W. Bush-era law is controversial due to the high-stakes standardizing testing it ushered in, and the Senate’s bill would strip away much of the federal government’s test-and-punish powers. The bipartisan support it received is in...
By Craig Clough | July 17, 2015
‘Big 8’ districts launch assessment tools for Common Core*
This story has been updated for clarification. A group of some of the largest school districts in California is launching an online bank of student assessment tools to help teachers measure learning as the rollout of the new Common Core curriculum gains speed this year. The 60 “performance modules,” covering multiple grades for both English language arts and math instruction, are free...
By LA School Report | January 13, 2014
Teachers Unions Chagrin: Waiver Process Left Them Out
The two biggest statewide teachers unions — California Teachers Association (CTA) and California Federation of Teachers (CFT) — have problems with the waivers granted to eight school districts from the federal program, No Child Left Behind. The objections, however, are more about how they came about than what they mean. “My guess is that there...
By Hillel Aron | August 12, 2013
Update: LAUSD & Other Districts Redo Federal Proposal
The chart above, courtesy of EdSource, shows how the group of nine California school districts including LAUSD propose to create their own accountability system, based on a broader range of measures than allowed under current federal law. “Standardized test scores, now the sole factor in current state API system, would now be one of three...
By Hillel Aron | May 29, 2013
Morning Read: Lawmakers Stall on Teacher Evaluation Bill
Bill to Alter Evaluations of California Teachers Fails Again in Senate Legislation that would alter how California schools judge teachers flunked another test on Tuesday, failing to advance for the second time in a week. Sac Bee See also: LA School Report Duncan Says It’s Still Possible for State to Get NCLB Waiver California remains...
By LA School Report | May 2, 2013
Morning Read: Parents Rally to Save Classroom Breakfasts
Parents Rally to Save Classroom Breakfasts Union officials representing school cafeteria workers led a noisy rally of parents Tuesday to save a Los Angeles Unified classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by teachers. Los Angeles Times See also: LA Daily News, CBS LAUSD...
By LA School Report | May 1, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Proposal Well-Received
Proposal for Parent-Trigger Overhaul at L.A. School Well-Received Leaders of a parent group have endorsed a plan to improve 24th Street Elementary, which would be jointly run by L.A. Unified and Crown Prep charter school. LA Times See also: LA School Report, LA Times Now Teacher Dismissal Bill Off and Running With Committee Approval A...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013