Large school districts face minimal competition for students

Majority of the 125 largest school districts in the United States face little competition for their students, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s December report, The Education Competition Index: Quantifying competitive pressure in America’s 125 largest school districts. Public school systems compete with other […]

California recognized for effective measurement of college and career readiness

In a March 2023 report, All4Ed found that since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, the majority of states have incorporated college and career readiness indicators into their school accountability systems. The report, Undermeasuring: College and Career Readiness Indicators May Not […]

2020–21 Civil Rights Data Collection shows persistent opportunity and access gaps for underrepresented students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Nov. 15 released new civil rights data from the 2020–21 school year, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) since the 2017–18 school year. Accompanying the data are […]

IQC approves schedule for math instructional materials adoption, application for reviewers

At its final meeting of the year, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) on Nov. 15 approved matters related to the 2025 California Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption process. The schedule of significant events, online instructional materials review application, and draft content standards and evaluation criteria maps […]

Study finds reduced suspension rates using empathetic discipline program and MTSS

Removing students from the classroom through exclusionary discipline practices like suspensions and expulsions has been proven to negatively impact academic achievement and disproportionately affect specific groups including students of color, low-income children, LGBTQ youth, males and students with disabilities. Those trends proved true on the […]

Governor spotlights California’s embrace of local control, parental engagement

Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed reporters at an elementary school in the Elk Grove Unified School District on Aug. 14 to highlight the state’s “family agenda” centered around efforts to enrich and empower kids and parents in schools. Newsom discussed the billions of dollars being invested […]

Preparing for ethnic studies implementation

The California Department of Education held a webinar, “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Train the Trainer Certification,” on Aug. 2 to review the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), district implementation guidance, instructional guidance, sample lessons and topics, and resources developed by local educational agencies. Assembly Bill […]