The pandemic’s effect on learning policy and practice in 2020–21

Local educational agencies statewide planned to provide technology, assess student learning, implement tiered levels of support and prioritize services for special student populations during the 2020–21 school year, but methods of doing so largely varied across districts, according to recent research. The most notable differences […]

Supporting students in foster care requires time and resources

California’s Students in Foster Care: Challenges and Promising Practices, a report released by the Learning Policy Institute in July 2022, considers statewide pre-pandemic education data and conversations with county offices of education foster youth services coordinators to find promising practices that can implemented. In 2018–19, […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing makes progress on key initiatives

A packed agenda at the Oct. 12–14 California Commission on Teacher Credentialing meeting saw the adoption of two milestone markers on the road to replacing the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) and establishing a new credential for PK-3 teachers. The meeting also saw approval of […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Grupo Folklórico San Ysidro has a rich past, present

Twenty years after its inception, Sweetwater Union High School District’s Grupo Folklórico San Ysidro is still impacting students through the art of dance. The group performed at CSBA’s 2021 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show before the event’s first keynote address and was well received […]

LEAs, federal leaders share how they’re addressing youth mental health

“Addressing the Student Mental Health Crisis,” a webinar hosted by the Healthy Schools Campaign on Sept. 14, showcased how some local educational agencies are handling the challenge as well as what’s being done at the federal level. “The last two-and-a-half years have been intensely difficult […]

School Boards in Action: 5 Questions with Beverly Berryman, Fullerton SD

Beverly Berryman, board president, Fullerton School District What does your district have planned for the 2022–23 school year to foster learning recovery and educational advancements? Fullerton School District (FSD) began efforts to foster learning recovery prior to the ”return to normal” and is committed to […]

Report lays out strategies leading to student success

Last week, the CSBA blog highlighted the findings from Curriculum Associates analysis of reading and mathematics data gathered from nearly 2 million first- through eighth-grade students during the 2021–22 school year via the company’s diagnostic i-Ready Assessment. That report found that while younger students are […]