Innovative literacy programs in Oakland USD proving successful

A duo of recent reports from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) detail a movement of community involvement taking place in Oakland’s education system that is improving literacy rates. Communities in the driver’s seat: Intensive training, deep investment power parent-led literacy programs in Oakland […]

New research explores the use of AI tools in identifying students in crisis

With youth suicidality on the rise and schools struggling to hire the number of mental health professionals needed to support students, local educational agencies have begun to turn to artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to help identify those at risk for suicide and self-harm. However, a […]

Business Affiliate perspective: Burlingame school district to continue improving energy infrastructure

By CSBA Business Affiliate Climatec The Burlingame School District will break ground on its Energy Infrastructure and Sustainability Program Phase II in 2024. Burlingame schools will benefit from increased comfort, while on-site renewable energy generation and electrification improvements will reduce reliance on antiquated, gas-consuming equipment. […]

Legislative Analyst’s Office responds to Governor’s January Budget Proposal

Jan. 17: Legislative Analyst’s Office responds to Governor’s January Budget Proposal In December 2023, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its 2024–25 Fiscal Outlook, projecting the state’s budget deficit over the three-year fiscal period of 2022–23, 2023–24 and 2024–25 at $68 billion with a […]

Webinar details how addressing school climate can reduce chronic absence rates

As schools across the country continue to deal with high rates of chronic absenteeism, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar on Dec. 13 exploring the connection between chronic absenteeism and school climate. Discussion covered common reasons why students disengage from school, as well […]

Drafting a governance handbook and self-evaluation: Steps for LEAs

The four steps that Lake Tahoe Unified School District has utilized to create a governance handbook were covered during the session “Governance Handbook and Board Self-Evaluation” at CSBA’s 2023 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in December. The majority of local educational agency boards have […]

U.S. scores drop in international assessment but rankings rise

Around 690,000 students took the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment in math, reading and science in 2022, representing about 29 million 15-year-olds from schools in 81 participating countries. Created in 2000, the PISA aims to test the knowledge and skills of students using […]

College access and readiness indicators highlight room for improvement

More Californians are graduating from high school, but many graduates are underprepared for higher education, according to two recent fact sheets from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) that provide snapshots of college readiness and access across the state. College readiness Recent test scores […]