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  • 02/13/2019 2:11 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Today, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) releases - The Governor’s Budget Proposal and Getting Down to Facts II: Evidence to Inform Policy - a brief on the alignment between the issues covered in Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget and the Getting Down to Facts II(GDTFII) research.
     
    In advance of Governor Newsom’s first State of the State address tomorrow, our analysis provides the helpful context on the PreK-12 education elements included in his budget which is a strong indicator of his vision for California’s public education system.  Join us and watch the State of the State address at 11:00 a.m. to get the governor’s full vision and priorities for the state.  
     
    As the budget moves from proposal to reality, it is critical that the evidence from GDTFII continues to inform the policy process, particularly in response to these key findings: (1) adequately fund schools, (2) improve access to high-quality early childhood education, (3) address large unfunded pension liabilities, (4) develop data systems to inform educational improvement, (5) increase funding for Special Education, (6) fund school facility construction and modernization, and (7) build capacity to support continuous improvement.

    See our at-a-glance summary by clicking the link below:
     
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  • 02/12/2019 2:21 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Linda Darling-Hammond to succeed Michael Kirst on powerful state education body

    Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute, speaks at EdSource's 2016 annual symposium.

    In his first State of the State speech Tuesday morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom named Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor emeritus and one of the nation’s most prominent education researchers, to head California’s State Board of Education.

    “Thank you for doing this, Linda,” Newsom said in his speech, in which he noted the multiple problems facing the state’s schools, referring to “understaffed schools, overcrowded classrooms, pension pressures, the achievement gap, and  charter schools growth.”

    Newsom added:  “The stressors are showing up all over the state.”

    https://edsource.org/2019/newsom-names-new-head-of-state-board-of-education-in-california/608484

  • 02/11/2019 3:11 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    New California Budget Analysis on
    Early Learning and K-12 Education

     

    Today, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) releases - The Governor’s Budget Proposal and Getting Down to Facts II: Evidence to Inform Policy - a brief on the alignment between the issues covered in Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget and the Getting Down to Facts II(GDTFII) research.
     
    In advance of Governor Newsom’s first State of the State address tomorrow, our analysis provides the helpful context on the PreK-12 education elements included in his budget which is a strong indicator of his vision for California’s public education system.  Join us and watch the State of the State address at 11:00 a.m. to get the governor’s full vision and priorities for the state.  

    https://mailchi.mp/stanford/new-policy-brief-the-governors-budget-proposal-and-getting-down-to-facts-ii?e=a53addca5d

  • 01/10/2019 9:33 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)
    JANUARY 10, 2019  - K12 DAILY

    SBE moves to better align LCAP with feds

    by Alisha Kirby

    (Calif.) The California State Board of Education approved the addition of a new section to the Local Control Accountability Plans in which districts must identify what actions they will or are taking to improve their lowest performing schools.

    In what will be one of the final actions made by outgoing members of the SBE, the vote also brought the state’s school accountability system closer into alignment to accountability requirements called for under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

    Board member Sue Burr said during Wednesday’s meeting that this step is part of an ongoing process to ensure local education agencies understand that the LCAP is meant to be a strategic plan laying out how they intend to improve their schools, rather than another compliance document with boxes to check off.

    “This does a good job of navigating what we’re required to do under federal law while still retaining the very clear message that it’s the LEAs responsibility to provide the and services to schools that are struggling,” Burr said. “It’s not the state’s [role] to reach down and try to deal with individual schools.”

    When it was adopted in 2013, California’s Local Control Funding Formula gave local school officials authority over how to spend billions of dollars in state education money.

    One condition, however, is that school districts adopt and annually update their LCAP—a document where officials must detail how they will use state funds to support at-risk students directed by the eight priorities, including academic outcomes, school climate, and student and family engagement.

    In California, school districts are identified as low performing–or in need of additional support–if they continuously come up short on any of the eight state priorities with various student subgroups.

    For full article please use link:

    https://k-12daily.org/politics-education/sbe-moves-to-better-align-lcap-with-feds


  • 01/08/2019 4:20 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)
    The CCEE applauds the hard work of school districts that met state and local indicators as identified by the 2018 California School Dashboard performance data released last month by the California Department of Education. 

    The CCEE stands ready and committed to serve alongside county offices of education and other stakeholders to assure the 374 districts now eligible for differentiated assistance receive the resources they need so all students succeed.

    Of the 374 LEAs eligible for differentiated assistance this year, 208 are newly identified districts and 135 district have been identified for the second year. 

    Thirty-one county offices of education are eligible for differentiated assistancefor the first time this year.

    Last year, a total of 228 districts were eligible for extra help based on 2017 CA School Dashboard results.


  • 12/09/2018 5:03 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    California Adopts Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Science Techbook for Use in K-8 Classrooms Districtwide

    Upon the recommendation of its Instructional Quality Commission, the California State Board of Education recently adopted Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for California NGSS for use in K-8 classrooms statewide through its state adoption process. Discovery Education’s Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada.

    The California State Board of Education’s approval of the Discovery Education Science Techbook for California NGSS clears the way for school systems across the state to purchase and integrate these resources into classroom instruction. Discovery Education’s Techbooks support a comprehensive curriculum, can be integrated in any teaching environment, including one-to-one, one-to-many configurations, and when used in combination with print materials and hands-on kits, can create unique blended learning experiences. In addition, the Techbook series saves California teachers time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and performance-based assessments at their fingertips.  To learn more about the adoption of the Science Techbook , visit:  https://www.discoveryeducation.com/news/california-the-latest-state-to-adopt-discovery-educations-award-winning-science-techbook-for-k-8-classroom-use-statewide/


  • 11/28/2018 11:48 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Please click the link below from EdSource.org:

    https://edsource.org/2018/californias-graduation-rate-ticks-up-but-still-1-in-10-high-school-students-drops-out/605378

  • 10/23/2018 1:26 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    CA, feds in new fight over how to classify English learners

    by Tom Chorneau

    (Calif.) The Brown administration is pushing forward on a novel approach to serving California’s 1.3 million students that are not proficient in English—a strategy that has already been rejected by the U.S. Department of Education.

    At issue is a long-standing dilemma facing policy-makers trying to keep track of the progress schools are making in bringing English learners into full proficiency.

    For full article please click on the link.

    https://k-12daily.org/politics-education/ca-feds-in-new-fight-over-how-to-classify-english-learners

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