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EdSource: State board backs plans for California’s first college and career readiness indicator

EdSource: State board backs plans for California’s first college and career readiness indicator | Education | Scoop.it

Despite concerns, the State Board of Education on Wednesday approved a preliminary version of California’s first College and Career Readiness Indicator, a tool aimed at measuring how schools prepare students for postsecondary opportunities. 


 The metric would evaluate high schools and districts by their students’ Advanced Placement test scores, the number of students concurrently enrolled in community colleges, how many successfully completed a career technical education pathway, how many completed courses required for UC and CSU admission, and other measures. 


 The College and Career Indicator is part of the state’s overall effort to create a new school accountability system that is based on multiple measures rather than primarily on test scores.

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Dual enrollment programs attracting more students in California high schools

Dual enrollment programs attracting more students in California high schools | Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, California has been actively encouraging more high school students to enroll in college programs because of research that shows these students are more likely to earn both a high school diploma and a college degree.
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State budget heads to Gov. Brown: How education fared

State budget heads to Gov. Brown: How education fared | Education | Scoop.it

Facing a midnight deadline, the Legislature Wednesday passed a $171 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that steers an extra $2 billion that Gov. Jerry Brown demanded into a rainy day reserve and commits an additional half-billion dollars for early childhood education over the next four years. Brown is expected to sign the budget, which his staff negotiated.

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Homepage | Project Zero

Homepage | Project Zero | Education | Scoop.it
Over the years, Project Zero has maintained a strong research agenda in the arts while gradually expanding to include investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural thinking, and ethics. The organization has conducted dozens of major research initiatives, published over 90 books and hundreds of articles and reports, and collaborated with countless partners. 

Project Zero’s work takes place nationally and internationally, in a variety of settings; while much of the research occurs in schools, an increasing amount is focused on businesses, cultural organizations such as museums, and online. In addition, Project Zero offers symposia and workshops, most notably the annual summer institutes. 
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How to Save Our Schools: The Arts and Music are No Fairytale

How to Save Our Schools: The Arts and Music are No Fairytale | Education | Scoop.it

We have seen these results replicated in our Turnaround Arts schools across the country — from a Native American reservation in Montana to the Irish Chanel in New Orleans, educators have been successfully using the arts to move the needle on student outcomes in some of the toughest schools in our country. Decades of research show that, used strategically, the arts are an effective tool for improving school culture and climate, increasing student engagement and building parent and community involvement. Yet, music, theater and other arts programs have been disappearing from public schools, often the first victims of budget cuts. According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 6 million elementary students - overwhelmingly in our highest poverty schools- have no art or music classes. Far too often, the schools that need the arts the most are getting them the least.

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EdSource - LA Unified turning to magnet schools to stem enrollment and revenue declines

EdSource - LA Unified turning to magnet schools to stem enrollment and revenue declines | Education | Scoop.it

In the face of losing more than 100,000 students since 2000, Los Angeles Unified is turning to magnet schools as a strategy to slow enrollment decline and provide an alternative to independent charter schools, which have nearly doubled in number over the same period, to more than 260. 


 The effort is now underway with a plan to reduce the 45,000 names on the district’s magnet school waiting lists and to open more magnets in the years ahead. The district school board last month committed itself “to developing a portfolio of magnet programs that provide quality educational options for students and families,” according to a resolution that passed unanimously and without debate.

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REPORT - Unmet need for preschool services in California: Statewide and local analysis (American Institutes for Research)

The state of California has recently emerged from deep recession and associated reductions in early childhood programs and has moved into a period of reinvestment in child care, preschool, and transitional kindergarten (TK). In fiscal year (FY) 2014-15, the Budget Act included over $273 million for early learning and child development and restored access to 14,297 California State Preschool Program slots. California's FY 2015-16 budget included a further $46.3 million investment to create 9,530 more State Preschool Program slots. Together, the commitments made in the last two budget cycles provided California with 23,827 new slots. While these investments are promising for the future of California's youngest learners, thousands of young children remain unserved. This policy brief examines the remaining unmet need for preschool in California, based on eligibility and enrollment rates in the State Preschool Program and other state- and federally subsidized early learning and development programs. It also identifies the areas of the state with the highest unmet need for quality preschool programs, and makes recommendations about where new State Preschool Program slots should be offered in order to maximize the benefits for children, families, and communities in California.
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Art Education a Mainstay in Schools Despite Testing, Budgets - Education News

Art Education a Mainstay in Schools Despite Testing, Budgets - Education News | Education | Scoop.it
Despite time and resources devoted to testing and a push for stronger core academic skills, districts are finding ways to keep arts education alive.
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State’s largest districts moving to stand-alone classes for transitional kindergarten

State’s largest districts moving to stand-alone classes for transitional kindergarten | Education | Scoop.it

Two years after three-quarters of the state’s largest school districts combined classes for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, most districts are now creating separate classes for the younger children. 


 An EdSource survey of the 30 largest districts in California with elementary school students found that, whenever possible, most districts are creating separate classes for transitional kindergartners, those 4-year-olds whose fall birthdays miss the cutoff date for kindergarten. Half of the districts are offering only stand-alone classes for transitional kindergartners, and most of the remaining districts have more stand-alone than mixed classes. Only two of the 30 districts rely primarily on mixed classes.

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Districts, unions innovate to evaluate teachers

Districts, unions innovate to evaluate teachers | Education | Scoop.it
Three school districts have created innovative systems to evaluate teachers that could serve as models for districts laboring under a flawed state evaluation law, according to a new study. The progress of the San Juan, San Jose and Poway districts contrasts with the seemingly intractable stalemate in the Legislature, where Democratic and Republican leaders, seeing no breakthrough, are steering clear this year of proposing comprehensive evaluation reforms.
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Over 100 Education Researchers Sign Statement Calling for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, SBAC // California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education

Over 100 Education Researchers Sign Statement Calling for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, SBAC // California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education | Education | Scoop.it
The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education recently released a research brief documenting concerns and recommendations related to the Common Core State Standards Assessments in California (also referred to as the CAASPP, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or "SBAC" which refers to the "Smarter Balanced" Assessment Consortium).  A two-page synopsis as well…
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A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice

A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice | Education | Scoop.it
Want your students to actively engage in addressing inequality? Explore this annotated bibliography of resources for teaching students about social justice.
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Putting California first in driving education reform

Putting California first in driving education reform | Education | Scoop.it

"...California is currently doing far more on the equity front than the federal government. As a result of the Local Control Funding Formula legislation, the state is targeting far more in state funds than it receives in federal Title 1 dollars for spending on low-income students (which include large numbers of African-American and Latino students), English learners and foster students"

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NAACP lawsuit alleges Antioch Unified violated school discipline agreement

NAACP lawsuit alleges Antioch Unified violated school discipline agreement | Education | Scoop.it

In 2011, African-Americans students made up 26 percent of the student body in Antioch Unified but accounted for 60 percent of suspensions, according to the federal Office for Civil Rights Data Collection. And while the total number of students suspended or expelled in the district has dropped in the last few years, the rate of suspensions for African- American students has remained essentially unchanged, the lawsuit said. 


 When Antioch Unified signed the 2015 agreement, then-Superintendent Donald Gill said the intervention by outside specialists marked a turning point in the district from a defensive posture to a problem-solving approach to school discipline. He said he hoped the district would serve “as a model for others who face similar challenges.” But Gill is no longer superintendent and the district no longer uses the law firm that negotiated the 2015 agreement. “The process has come to a halt,” said Willie Mims, education chair for the East County NAACP.

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Budget adds $200 million for college readiness :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet

Budget adds $200 million for college readiness :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet | Education | Scoop.it
(Calif.) Although the 2016-17 budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday doesn’t contain any surprises for schools, it does include $200 million in new funding for college readiness that perhaps hasn’t received a lot of attention.
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Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds

Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds | Education | Scoop.it
School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.
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Catalysts for Change | U.C. Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion

Catalysts for Change | U.C. Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion | Education | Scoop.it
University of California, Berkeley has intentionally shifted to a "diversity catalyst" model to create positive and proactive change in the university. They invite colleges and universities across the nation to learn from their experiences and create the change they want to see at their higher education institutions. ‪#‎CatalystsForChange‬
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Superintendents Returning to the Classroom in Oakland

Superintendents Returning to the Classroom in Oakland | Education | Scoop.it
It's rare for school district big-wigs to spend time in a classroom. But Oakland is one of a growing number of districts trying to get superintendents out of their offices and reconnected to the kids the
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Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look

Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Education | Scoop.it

"This collection has been created to raise awareness and promote critical thinking about current issues related to corporate charter school expansion. Many of the articles on the page are re-shared from external sites and may not necessarily represent the views of the curator nor of the curator's employer. Readers are encouraged to explore related links for further information. For additional educator resources and updates, please visit http://EduResearcher.com."

 

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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community - Edutopia

Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community - Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it

Place-based learning engages students in their community, including their physical environment, local culture, history, or people. With place-based learning, students get to see the results of their work in their community. They build communication and inquiry skills, learn how to interact with any environment, and gain a better understanding of themselves, as well as their place in the world.

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Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get an ‘F’ - New America Media

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get an ‘F’ - New America Media | Education | Scoop.it

At a time when national attention is locked on education reform, the education system has turned a blind eye to court schools, squandering any opportunity that the restrictive setting might provide.  

“The broader educational system excludes juvenile court schools from the regular school accountability model, placing them away from the spotlight and outside the crosshairs of general education reform advocacy,” says attorney Maria Ramiu, the managing director of Youth Law Center, the national public interest law firm that produced the report with funding from the The California Wellness Foundation. “Youth in the juvenile court school system are branded as ‘bad kids’ who do not deserve attention. They don’t have a voice and no one speaks for them.”

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Advocacy groups urge state board to tighten LCAP requirements

Advocacy groups urge state board to tighten LCAP requirements | Education | Scoop.it

In separate analyses, three nonprofit student advocacy groups have concluded that most school districts’ explanations of their priorities and annual spending under the state’s new funding law are confusing, inadequate and sometimes contrary to the law’s purpose of directing more resources to underserved students. Public Advocates, Education Trust-West and Californians Together timed the release of their reports to get the attention of the State Board of Education, which next month will discuss possible changes to the regulations and template that guide districts in writing their planning and budget document, known as the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

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Washington Post: Education researchers blast Common Core standards, urge ban on high-stakes tests

Washington Post: Education researchers blast Common Core standards, urge ban on high-stakes tests | Education | Scoop.it
More than 100 education researchers have joined a call for an end to high-stakes testing.
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EdSource: California’s largest district faces fiscal uncertainty despite infusion of state funds

EdSource: California’s largest district faces fiscal uncertainty despite infusion of state funds | Education | Scoop.it

As her first major undertaking since replacing Ramon Cortines in January, Superintendent Michelle King has appointed four staff working groups to tackle long-standing structural issues threatening to drive the district over a financial cliff.

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Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make:

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make: | Education | Scoop.it
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