Archive for July 2016

    • Lawmakers getting serious about improving attendance

      (Calif.) Some of the savings generated from a voter initiative to reduce California’s prison population would be used to help keep at-risk kids in school, under a bill pending in the Legislature.

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    • Supporting English learners during transition to ESSA

      This column originally ran on March 3    

      As schools shift from determining annual measureable objectives to developing “ambitious long-term goals” under the Every Student Succeeds Act some requirements for assuring progress for English learners will soften while others will remain firm.

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    • After three years, readiness measures are still not ready

      In 1970 when Bob Dylan put out a double album consisting of covers, outtakes and unremarkable live performances, a review in Rolling Stone opened with, “What is this sh*t?” The same kind of reaction was offered by the California State Board of Education for the indicators of “college and career readiness” developed by the California Department of Education.

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    • Parents retain right to enroll in schools near where they work

      (Calif.) Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday that removes a July 2017 sunset on authorization for students to enroll in a school near where a parent or legal guardian works.

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    • Preparing for new rules on disproportionality

      The public comment period on the proposed rules for disproportionality closed more than 60 days ago, so the U.S. Department of Education will soon be completing its responses, and the regulations should be finalized shortly. In other words, “People get ready, there’s a train a coming.”

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    • Cost can be a barrier to new science standards

      (Mont.) For many states, politics and controversy surrounding the Common Core State Standards doom the chances of successful Next Generation Science Standards implementation. In Montana, the cost incurred by districts in addressing the engineering portion pushed the state to introduce its own standards.

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    • Face-off over developer fees for schools heads to court

      (Calif.) Litigants fencing over new authority given to school districts to raise developer fees to cover classroom construction costs face an important hearing next week in Sacramento Superior Court.

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    • Making data count (so to speak!)

      Entry into the new era of the Every Student Succeeds Act will not reduce the use of test scores for program analyses—nor should it—but they will be used much differently.

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    • State survey finds high rate of kids at risk of self-harm

      (Calif.) One in every five students in grades nine and 11 seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, according to the results of the latest California Healthy Kids Survey. While disturbing, that number is not all that surprising, experts say.

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    • UDL tips for general ed teachers – Part II

      The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for proactive measures to improve the performance of all pupils in the general education environment – a charge applicable to social/emotional concerns as much as academic outcomes.

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