California initiative to combat toxic stress makes significant strides in first four years, study shows

Since the ACEs Aware initiative was launched in 2019, more than 2.3 million ACE screens have been conducted of more than 1.5 million Medi-Cal members, according to a report released May 10 by the UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN) and the California Department […]

Barriers remain to diversify California’s teacher workforce

Despite efforts over the years to recruit an educator workforce as racially and ethnically diverse as the students served throughout California, systemic barriers to diversifying the teacher workforce are hindering progress, according to new research from the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) […]

New report examines how K-12 teachers engage students in foundational reading skills

Significant portions of English language arts (ELA) teachers across grade spans — including at the secondary level — reported frequently engaging their students in foundational reading skills, according to a RAND report released April 30. Foundational reading skills involve how students learn to associate sounds […]

Teachers slow to embrace AI, but research suggests the tide may be turning

Despite ever-increasing talk of the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to transform education, use of AI tools is still uncommon among teachers, according to survey findings released by the Rand Corp. on April 17. However, that is likely to change. The report, Using Artificial Intelligence […]

Parental attitudes toward attendance may be a factor in difficulties reducing chronic absenteeism

Ensuring families understand the importance of regular attendance may be just as critical as addressing other underlying causes to high rates of chronic absenteeism, according to researchers. In a March 26 brief for the Brookings Institution, researchers at the University of Southern California found that […]

Survey of college and career prep shows gaps persist along poverty lines, school size

A majority of public high schools say they do a “good,” “very good” or “excellent” job preparing students for college (77 percent) and the workforce (86 percent), according to data released March 19 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the statistical center within […]

New briefs detail best and worst practices in serving English learners and immigrant-origin students

Two recently updated briefs from Results for America and the Annenberg Institute at Brown University highlight proven practices local educational agencies can use to engage English learners and immigrant-origin students — a term that encompasses both the first- and second-generation youth — to help them […]