Report examines test scores in wake of California’s major education reforms

22 Jul
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A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California examines how two major educational reforms in California in the past decade — the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 and the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013 — have effected student test scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The study finds that while the state’s students are making progress in English, math scores are relatively stagnant and indicate...

Obesity rate remains high for California’s fifth-graders, racial disparities prominent

18 Jul
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Showing only marginal improvement from years prior, 40.5 percent of California fifth-graders were overweight or obese in 2018, according to new data from the Kidsdata program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Research has long shown that the physical health of students significantly impacts their ability to attend school and achieve academic success. Studies also clearly show that a disproportionate number of low-income students and students of color live without basic health supports and education, borne out in...

Newly released 2017–18 California college-going rates in perspective

17 Jul
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Last week, the California Department of Education released the 2017–18 college-going rates for high school graduates. This release continues to reveal an achievement gap between students of color and their white peers, but also offers an opportunity for school leaders to assess how well their high schools are doing at preparing students for college, career and life success. A quick glance at the data reveals one important point: to improve college-going rates AND college success, the focus must be on...

California bans discrimination based on natural hair

16 Jul
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On July 3, 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 188 (the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair ‘CROWN’ Act) into law, making California the first state in the country to ban discrimination against natural hair. The text of the bill states that, “[d]espite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences,...

State Board of Education adopts new five-year graduation rate for Dashboard

11 Jul
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Future versions of the California School Dashboard will include a combined four- and five-year graduation rate, which officials say provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate their success with students who may need additional time to earn a high school diploma. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the new measure at its July 10 meeting, although with some concerns about certain schools potentially no longer being eligible for comprehensive support. The combined four- and five-year rate — which will...

UPDATE: Start time, charter school bills advance on fiscal deadline day

10 Jul
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Updated Wed., July 10, 4:00 p.m. Today (July 10) marks the deadline for policy committees in both the Senate and Assembly to meet to hear all fiscal bills, while Friday, July 12 is the deadline to hear non-fiscal bills. Senate Bill 328 (Portantino), the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, and charter school bills AB 1505 (O’Donnell) and AB 1507 (Smith) have all advanced after the conclusion of Senate and Assembly Education Committee hearings this afternoon. Update 3:55 pm: AB 1505...

State Allocation Board talks full-day kindergarten program, hears several appeals

9 Jul
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The State Allocation Board meets monthly to apportion funds to school districts, act on appeals, and adopt policies and regulations. At its June 26 meeting, Office of Public School Construction staff provided updates on the Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program and priority funding apportionments, and three appeals were heard. Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program update Lisa Silverman, executive officer of the Office of Public School Construction, reported to the board that the second filing round for Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant...

CEO’s Note: What a CSBA poll tells us about Californians’ views about education funding

9 Jul
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In my last CEO’s note in the spring California Schools magazine, I discussed the ongoing “big short” in how the state of California has funded its schools over the past several decades. A new statewide poll from CSBA confirms that, in a year when statewide teacher strikes persist and the financial strain of our schools becomes more prevalent in the California news cycle, the general public is also acutely aware of the funding crisis facing our schools. What is often...

Diverse consortium lays out policy priorities to boost English learner achievement

8 Jul
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A new policy priority report from The Consortium for English Learner Success finds that if California does not boost the achievement of English learner students, “it will lose the linguistic, cultural, social and economic assets of these students needed to develop a global, diverse and multilingual state and economy.” CSBA was among the more than 100 organizations and groups that participated in meetings and discussions to identity the five policy priorities aimed to improve access, quality and outcomes for English...

CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance restores California public school funds to state budget

3 Jul
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California’s public schools will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding and avoid billions in potential losses thanks to a settlement agreement between the State of California and CSBA. The agreement ensures public schools will receive repayment of $686 million (approximately $110 per student) due to prior year underpayments. It also contains provisions that could protect up to 1 percent of the Proposition 98 guarantee ($756 million in 2017–18 and potentially more in subsequent years) as part of...