Education leaders discuss troubling international test results; look to other systems for answers

Released in December, the 2022 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores plummeted overall. The 2022 exam showed an unprecedented drop in math scores from 2018 to 2022, which is three times worse than any other year. Around 690,000 students took the PISA in 2022, […]

Los Angeles USD’s Black Student Achievement Plan aims to narrow gaps in access, support

Aiming to address a persistent achievement gap experienced by Black students and other student groups, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education adopted the Black Student Achievement Plan (BSAP) in February 2021. The initiative provides additional funding to identified schools to provide social-emotional […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing launches PK-3 credential and adopts revised teaching standards

The Feb. 8-9 meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) opened with the culmination of years of work with the announcement of the approved PK-3 Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist Instruction Credential. Commission-accredited institutions have been able to apply to bring the instruction […]

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. […]

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 […]

California School Dashboard shows decrease in chronic absenteeism

The 2023 California School Dashboard, released by the state Department of Education on Dec. 15, reports performance measures for schools and local educational agencies on multiple state and local indicators. This year marks a return to the color-coded ratings after years of only displaying current […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing makes move to improve teacher assessment experience

Action items at the Dec. 7-8 meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) included options to improve teaching performance assessments and a request to adjust the accreditation cycle for the new literacy instruction requirement. The meeting also featured several end-of-the-year reports including the […]