SBE takes nuanced look at chronic absenteeism, assessment data and more

During its final meeting of 2023, the California State Board of Education adopted revisions to the Local Control and Accountability Plan template and instructions, and discussed results of recently released statewide testing and absenteeism data. In October, the California Department of Education released the results […]

California schools will take additional steps to protect students from fentanyl under new law

California is now one of just a handful of states that will require students to learn about the dangers of opioids, including information about deadly synthetic pills containing fentanyl, under legislation signed on Oct. 13 by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Senate Bill 10 mandates that every […]

Spike in chronic absenteeism can overwhelm schools; fixes require collaborative approach

Nearly 30 percent of K-12 students were chronically absent in the 2021–22 academic year, according to a review of federal data released Oct. 12 by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. U.S. Department of Education data showed 66 percent of […]

Reducing disparities in early intervention access will require more data collection

Sharing federal data about infants and toddlers who are referred, evaluated and found eligible for early intervention services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would assist states in identifying and solving disparities in services, according to a report released Oct. 5 by the U.S. […]

California Indian Education for All aims to provide resources to LEAs

California Indian Education for All ( has resources that can benefit local educational agencies during National Native American Heritage Month in November and year-round.  A product of the San Diego County Office of Education, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center and the California Indian Culture […]