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  • 10/15/2019 12:50 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    California mandates later start times for middle and high school students

    Key groups oppose Gov. Newsom's signing of the bill delaying start times for adolescents and teens


    OCTOBER 13, 2019


    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Sunday that will mandate a later morning start for most middle and high schools, choosing to side with pediatricians and the PTA rather than the state’s leading teachers union and groups representing school boards and superintendents.

    The bill’s author said California will now become the first state to require later start times in response to medical research that shows most teens are sleep deprived as a result of changes to their biological clocks that prevent them from going to sleep early.

    Senator Anthony Portantino, D-San Fernando, was effusive in praising Newsom for signing a bill that former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a year ago. Brown said start times should remain a local decision.

     “Today, Governor Newsom displayed a heartwarming and discerning understanding of the importance of objective research and exercised strong leadership as he put our children’s health and welfare ahead of institutional bureaucracy resistant to change,” Portantino said in a statement. “Generations of children will come to appreciate this historic day and our Governor for taking bold action.”

    Expressing disappointment, the California School Boards Association said the mandate “fails to respect parental decisions or consider the needs of local communities.” The research on later start times is inconclusive but the impact on families can be predicted, said spokesman Troy Flint. The bill “will disproportionately affect low-income families and prevent many students from working after school or from caring for their siblings,” he said, adding it could increase the need for childcare for “already cash-strapped families.”

  • 09/26/2019 8:20 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)
    SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

    California school districts need to significantly increase their education spending to ensure that students have adequate resources and support to provide the state’s content standards and meet its academic goals. Based on 2016-17 numbers, funding schools adequately to meet these goals would have required a 38 percent increase in spending, or $25.6 billion. That would mean an average increase of $4,686 per student in that year, although the amount would vary by school district. 

    That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the American Institutes for Research for Getting Down to Facts, a project that was published in 2018 by Stanford University and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

    For more on how the study was done, go to “What Does It Cost to Educate California’s Students? A Professional Judgment Approach.”

    To come up with a definition for adequate funding, the researchers from the American Institutes for Research asked two panels of expert K-12 educators to determine the staffing, programs and other resources students would need to meet the academic and content standards set by the State Board of Education.

    For the full article please click this link

  • 09/17/2019 12:58 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is inviting educators, parents, advocates, students and others to share their thoughts on how the California Department of Education can assist in working to close the persistent achievement/opportunity gap during an interactive town hall from 3:30 to 5 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event will be broadcast from the department's headquarters in Sacramento to a dozen county offices of education, where participants can join the event. Participants are encouraged to fill out a survey by Sept. 18. To see which county offices are participating and register for the event, go here.

  • 08/09/2019 7:42 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    A first look at school spending statewide under the Local Control Funding Formula


    AUGUST 8, 2019


    Kindergartners during recess at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland.

    Former Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature law, the Local Control Funding Formula, has frustrated researchers and advocacy groups that have wanted to verify how much of the extra money intended for targeted students has actually gone to the schools they attend — and how the funding was used.

    Consistent with his view of local control, Brown insisted that district offices, not schools, should control money under the formula, and he fought efforts to make it easy to compare spending across schools and districts.


    24 Ideas For Improving The Local Control Funding Formula

    Now a researcher from the Public Policy Institute of California appears to have cracked the code, at least on a macro level of data, and has published the first statewide look at differences in spendingamong high- and low-poverty schools under the formula. His findings are both reassuring and concerning and may renew calls for clarity in tracking funding formula dollars at the school level and for the Legislature to give more direction on how dollars should be used.

    Click here for the full article

  • 08/02/2019 10:21 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Study: California schools earn low grades compared to nation

    Posted: 12:32 PM, Jul 29, 2019


    Updated: 12:32 PM, Jul 29, 2019

    By: Allison Horn

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    Kids in school

    (KGTV) - As parents and children prepare for a new school year, a study shows California schools do not earn top grades compared to other states.

    California ranked 38th among the 50 states and District of Columbia in 29 categories, according to the Wallet Hub study.

    Data considered to measure quality included graduation rate, dropout rate, math and reading test scores, Advanced Placement exam scores, student-teacher ratio, and SAT and ACT results.

    Safety was measured by number of school shootings, share of high school students who were armed, participating in violence, or access to illegal drugs, school safety plans, youth incarceration rates, and safety grades of roads around schools.

    California was 4th best for the percentage of threatened or injured high school students. The state came in last for its student-teacher ratio.

    Other key rankings: 

    • 44th – Math Test Scores
    • 38th – Reading Test Scores
    • 32nd – Median SAT Score
    • 16th – Median ACT Score
    • 22nd – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
    • 34th – Dropout Rate
    • 7th – Bullying Incidence Rate

    Top states for education included Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Vermont. The worst states were West Virginia, Mississippi, Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

    Posted: 12:32 PM, Jul 29, 2019

    Updated: 12:32 PM, Jul 29, 2019

    By: Allison Horn

  • 07/17/2019 4:47 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    California Department of Education News Release

    Release: #19-53
    July 11, 2019

    Contact: Scott Roark
    Phone: 916-319-0818

    State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces New Report for College-Going Rates of California High School Students

    SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the release of a first-of-its-kind report that provides detailed information on California students that enroll in college after completing a public high school. 
    The College-Going Report (CGR) features data showing college enrollment broken down by student group and postsecondary institutions at the state, county, district, and school levels. The CGR is available on the California Department of Education’s DataQuest site and includes downloadable files for the 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 academic years.

    “I am pleased that we are able to provide this information for the first time, and that it gives us a great metric to show the progress our students are making as they advance to college and career,” Thurmond said. “This data is especially helpful for districts and schools, who can evaluate their programs to increase college-readiness and work towards closing the achievement gap as we address major issues such as college affordability, improved reading levels, reduced absenteeism, and increased access to STEAM and computer science programs.”

    According to the CGR report, in 2017–18, there were 439,211 California public high school students who completed high school, of which 282,740 enrolled in college within 12 months of completing high school for a college-going rate of 64.4 percent. Of the high school completers in 2017–18, students identified as Asian had a college-going rate of 83.9 percent, followed by white at 70.4 percent, African American at 59.7 percent, Pacific Islander at 58.7 percent and Hispanic/Latino at 57.6 percent. Students who identified as two or more races showed a college-going rate of 69.5 percent.

    One highlight of the report shows the importance of California Community Colleges for students statewide. In 2017–18, more than 35 percent of all California high school completers enrolled at a community college, while approximately 12 percent enrolled at a CSU campus from high school and approximately 7 percent enrolled at a UC campus.  

    Similar to other recent DataQuest reports, the new CGR reports also include expandable filter sections. Within those sections, users will find the following sub-sections that include a number of useful report options and data filters: 
    Report Selection: Within this area, users can change the report, select a county, district, or school, and change the report year.

    • Data Type Options: Within this area, users can choose how the data are configured or viewed within the report; either by Race/Ethnicity, Student Group, or Multi-Year. The report default is by Race/Ethnicity.
    • Report Filters: Within this area, users can apply a variety of school type filters (i.e., charter/non-charter and alternative/regular schools), demographic and student group filters, high school completer type filters, and college enrollment time frame filters.
    • Display Options: Within this area, users can change data displayed by default as number to be displayed as percentages.

    The new CGR report was made possible thanks to a collaboration between the CDE, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The CSAC contributed a one-time funding allocation of $200,000 for the purchase of National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data used in the CGR reports.

    UC Davis, as part of a five-year research partnership with the CDE, has released the first of several reports using the NSC data. The report is published by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and is entitled “Where California High School Students Attend CollegeExternal link opens in new window or tab..”

     The CDE will provide summary reports directly to districts in order to show how graduates are matriculating in post-secondary institutions around the country. To find the new CGR reports, go to the CDE’s DataQuest website.

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