New report examines how graduation requirements impact student outcomes

High school graduation policies play an important role in promoting equitable outcomes for students, according to a recent Public Policy Institute of California report. Does Raising High School Graduation Requirements Improve Student Outcomes? reviewed district graduation policies from the 2018–19 academic year and looked at […]

CSBA webinar discusses summer learning resources and strategies

Whether expanding on existing summer learning opportunities to meet newfound student needs or launching new programs to jumpstart learning recovery, there are funding and resources available to assist local educational agencies in meeting their individual goals. Experts discussed how districts can best leverage state and […]

New analysis shows work needed to promote educator diversity in California

Widely known as one of America’s most diverse states, California’s teachers do not accurately reflect its students, and just over 9 percent of the state’s schools had no teachers of color in 2018–19, according to The Education Trust’s analysis of Department of Education data. The […]

Reading losses during the pandemic examined in new brief

Reading losses that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic are disproportionately affecting young Black and Hispanic students, according to a new research brief by K–12 curriculum and assessment company Amplify. “COVID-19 Means More Students Not Learning To Read” includes middle-of-school-year data from Amplify early literacy […]

School boards in action: Paradise USD president talks board, Camp Fire recovery, pandemic

This is the first portion of a two part update from Paradise Unified School District’s board president addressing the state of the board and its service area, the district’s response to the pandemic and the ongoing recovery from the Camp Fire.  Melissa Crick, president, Paradise […]

Newsom sets tentative reopening date; resources for ventilation upgrades discussed at CDE webinar

With hospitalizations on the decline and more than 20 million vaccine doses administered, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California’s next steps in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6. If vaccine supply is sufficient for all residents 16 and older who wish to be inoculated […]

CDC and CDPH updates physical distancing guidelines for students, youth sports rules revised

As has become the norm, this week brought more changes to the procedures educators and students are being asked to follow. The California Department of Public Health on March 20 updated its operational guidance for K-12 schools. The update recommends a new spacing standard for […]

School boards in action: 5 questions with Raymond Cheung, Arcadia USD

In the midst of a global pandemic, local educational agency boards have continued working to support programs and initiatives that offer students the academic and social-emotional opportunities they need — no matter which mode of instruction they are in. CSBA’s 5 questions series gives board […]