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Dashboard updates stir strong State Board debate; coronavirus impacts discussed

16 Mar
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A regular annual update to the State Board of Education at its March 11–12 meeting about the California School Dashboard raised serious questions and concerns from board members about several proposals. While only an information item, the board informed California Department of Education staff that much more clarity and direction must be provided about the proposed inclusion of a student growth model on the 2020 Dashboard. California is one of only two states that does not measure school performance based...

New LCAP template adopted, host of other topics discussed at State Board meeting

10 Jan
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The streamlined new Local Control and Accountability Plan template should be easier both for local educational agencies to complete and use and for stakeholders to understand, California Department of Education and State Board of Education officials said upon the adoption of the new document at the Jan. 8-9 board meeting in Sacramento. The year-in-the-making document is the fourth template revision in six years and will be in use for the 2020–21 through 2022–23 LCAP cycles. Most of the changes stem...

State Board focuses on System of Support’s local impacts, ESSA compliance issues

11 Nov
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The Nov. 6 State Board of Education meeting featured presentations from two county offices of education involved in the State System of Support that explored how the connection between the work of lead agencies, COEs and local educational agencies can lead to positive outcomes for students. First, the State Board heard from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office on the Valley to Coast initiative, currently focusing on improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The county office is a geographic...

With model curriculum process paused, expert panel discusses ethnic studies

21 Oct
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Shelved due to its controversy amid an overwhelming amount of public interest and input, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Oct. 15 hosted a panel discussion on the next steps in the redevelopment and implementation of the Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum. The State Board of Education will now vote on the curriculum in 2020, after the California Department of Education conducts statewide listening sessions and coordinates visits to school districts that have implemented strong ethnic studies programs, said...

Proposed LCAP revision, Dashboard changes highlight State Board meeting

16 Sep
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With the new school year well underway, the State Board of Education turned its attention to proposed Local Control and Accountability Plan and California School Dashboard revisions at its Sept. 11 meeting in Sacramento. Statutory changes largely call for several user- and parent-friendly changes to be incorporated into the revised LCAP template that was presented at Wednesday’s meeting. To better track spending, the law now requires that the template consolidate expenditures in summary tables to make it easier for stakeholders...

State Board of Education adopts new five-year graduation rate for Dashboard

11 Jul
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Future versions of the California School Dashboard will include a combined four- and five-year graduation rate, which officials say provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate their success with students who may need additional time to earn a high school diploma. The State Board of Education unanimously approved the new measure at its July 10 meeting, although with some concerns about certain schools potentially no longer being eligible for comprehensive support. The combined four- and five-year rate — which will...

State Board clarifies, adopts health education guidance before large crowd

9 May
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After nearly 200 people spoke on the contentious issue at its May 8 meeting, the California State Board of Education unanimously approved the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools. The 741-page document provides guidance for teachers and administrators on how to teach the state’s 2008 Health Education Content Standards. Many parents and grandparents expressed concerns about exposing young children to sexually explicit images and information found in several of the resources listed in the draft framework, which...

Blending the systems: ESSA and California’s System of Support

18 Mar
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By Tom Armelino, executive director, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Over the past month, as I met with educators across the state, school district administrators and board members have shared questions and concerns about what is required of them if schools in their districts are identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Although the California Collaborative for Education Excellence is a statewide agency and does not have a direct role with the federal ESSA...

State Board explores System of Support’s impact at the local level

15 Mar
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Despite the California State Board of Education’s recent focus on System of Support implementation, some State Board members have voiced concerns about whether the new approach is reaching all districts and schools with demonstrated need. The system aims to assist local educational agencies and schools by promoting partnerships, building capacity and focusing on continuous improvement rather than turning to punishment and mandates. Officials from the California Department of Education, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence and lead agencies have likewise understood...

Learning Policy Institute report outlines need for greater funding to bolster state reforms

22 Feb
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Nearly six years after California’s K-12 educational system entered into the era of the “California Way,” with the Local Control Funding Formula at its foundation, a Learning Policy Institute report finds that greater funding is needed to fully realize the state’s goals. The institute’s report, “The California Way: The Golden State’s Quest to Build an Equitable and Excellent Education System,” highlights both gains and shortfalls during the state’s overhaul of its educational finance and accountability systems. The report’s release coincided...