FAQ on testing children with disabilities this school year

The National Center on Educational Outcomes released “Frequently Asked Questions About Testing Children with Disabilities” in August, addressing common inquiries and providing corresponding resources for local educational agencies. Published for the 2021–22 academic year, the brief delves into whether and how children with disabilities, including […]

Lack of broadband infrastructure continues to hamper student access

The pandemic spurred widespread investments in improving connectivity for students, but there is still progress to be made in ensuring all children have the devices and internet access they need at home to fully participate in their education, according to new research from the Public […]

CDE offers resources for handling students’ post-pandemic behavioral issues

The California Department of Education recently released guidelines to support local educational agencies grappling with an uptick in student misbehavior that emphasize counseling over suspension and other punitive discipline. After more than a year of social isolation and trauma, teachers, education officials and student advocates […]

Gov. Newsom announces statewide school vaccine mandate for in-person learning

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oct.1 that students ages 16–18 learning in person are now required to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Governor, utilizing the emergency regulation process provided the administration in the 2015 school vaccination bill, Senate Bill 277 (Pan, D-Sacramento), noted that as vaccines […]

Supporting students during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and year-round

After 18 months of disruption in their personal and academic lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local educational agencies are focusing on supporting students’ mental health in addition to learning recovery.On the heels of California children’s return to K-12 campuses for the fall term, educators […]

Mental health investments paving new paths forward

A Sept. 15 webinar, “Investing in Mental Health,” hosted by the California Department of Education,  covered topics including how interagency collaboration can help schools with mental health services, building a school-based metal health workforce, measuring the impact of current investments, and initiatives that are taking […]