Monthly Archives: July 2019

New survey points to importance of social-emotional learning in student achievement

30 Jul
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Are U.S. high schools doing enough to prepare students for college, career and civic life in the 21st century? That question is explored by a recent nationally representative survey of current and recent high school students conducted by Civic with Hart Research Associates for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Respected: Perspectives of Youth on High School & Social and Emotional Learning finds that while the majority of surveyed students give their schools and staff a passing...

A conversation with State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond

29 Jul
A well-respected research and policy expert described as “a giant in the world of education” by The Washington Post, Linda-Darling Hammond began her new role as State Board of Education President in February 2019 after Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her to the body. The 11-person board oversees policy, academic standards, curriculum, assessments and accountability for the state’s K-12 public schools. Darling-Hammond is also president of the Learning Policy Institute, a non-partisan research organization based in Palo Alto, and served as...

Comprehensive special education report is a powerful resource for board members

25 Jul
Special education plays a critical role as schools strive to increase equity and improve outcomes for California’s 6.2 million public school students. To help guide this work, CSBA recently released The Landscape of Special Education in California: A Primer for Board Members, available at The report provides an extensive look at the state’s special education system, including its laws, structures and best practices. Q: California continues to struggle to meet the needs of many of its students with disabilities,...

Latest national data: Cyberbullying is on the rise in schools

24 Jul
The latest national data show more bullying of students than ever before is occurring in digital spaces, with 15 percent of victims reporting the behavior happening online or through text messages. The survey results for the 2016–17 school year marked a 3.5 percent increase in cyberbullying from the year prior, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The new data on rising instances of cyberbullying echo findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior...

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
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
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
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
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...