Affordable housing and district boundaries continue to impact school funding

Despite efforts to provide more equitable funding for schools, district boundaries continue to be barriers nationwide blocking low-income families from accessing better funded schools with a variety of academic and extracurricular programs in more affluent neighborhoods, according to an October report from Bellwether Education Partners. […]

Graduation rates improved before COVID, growth can continue with targeted efforts

The high school graduation rate in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 85.8 percent in 2018–19, the final school year unaffected by the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Building A Grad Nation report. Released Oct. 6 by Civic and the […]

CDE prepares stakeholders for long-awaited growth model release

The California Department of Education on Sept. 22 will release the initial set of historical student growth data on student achievement for English language arts and math on its Growth Model webpage, officials announced in a Sept. 13 webinar. The “residual gain” model calculates differences […]

Study on exclusionary discipline shows long-term negative effects on students

A new study from the American Institutes for Research examines the effects of the type and length of suspensions received by middle and high school students’ on their educational outcomes, their same-grade same-school peers’ educational outcomes and school climate. While an abundance of research has […]

Now is the time to seriously invest in computer science education

By Julie Flapan and Allison Scott, co-directors, CSforCA Our culture’s reliance on computers has never been stronger — whether we are working from home, schooling from home, shopping from home or socializing from our home — the pandemic has demonstrated technology’s increasing presence in our […]

Experts cite the need, potential pitfalls of federal broadband infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden’s recently proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan makes significant investments in schools and students, including $100 billion to help expand broadband access in communities nationwide. The investment is a good start toward ensuring all students have internet access that will allow them to […]

Expanded learning opportunities event encourages ‘broader, bolder and smarter’ use of grant funds

California’s K-12 practitioners came together on May 5 for a daylong virtual event focused on how Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant funds, available through Assembly Bill 86, can be used to support student learning recovery and well-being. A collaborative effort by the California AfterSchool Network, California […]