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Poll: The Majority of California Parents Like New State Report Card

Education Week – Daarel Burnette II

“Despite all the criticism, California parents are pretty fond of a redesigned and highly controversial statewide school report card, according to a recently released poll conducted by USC and a prominent think tank. The report card was released last year as part of California’s new statewide accountability system. The state was one of the first to publish a report card compliant with the Every Student Succeeds Act.” (more)

California’s ambitious education reforms paying off in higher graduation rates and math scores, study finds

Ed Source – Louis Freedberg

“California’s sweeping education reforms championed by Gov. Jerry Brown have resulted in higher graduation rates and especially sizable gains in math among low-income students in the 11th grade, according to a new study. “The evidence suggests that money targeted to students’ needs can make a significant difference in student outcomes and narrow achievement gaps,” the study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the Learning Policy Institute found.” (more)

Federal, state visions for improving schools collide in California

Ed Source – John Fensterwald

“During a presentation earlier this month on how to choose the roughly 300 lowest-performing schools that must get intensive help under federal law, a number struck some members of the State Board of Education like a brick from the sky: 3,003. That’s the total number of schools in the state — not 300 but nine or 10 times that many — that staff estimate would require at least some form of help based on the school selection criteria that the board was considering.” (more)

System of positive rewards to reduce student discipline takes off in California

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Ten-year-old Ja’Vonie Morris sat in her school principal’s office on a recent day — not for the misbehavior that got her in so much trouble back in 3rd grade, but to show off her accomplishments under a schoolwide strategy that used positive reinforcement to help her turn things around.” (more)

Student social, emotional and academic development becoming more intertwined in K-12 classrooms

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Researchers, educators, parents, teachers and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. That’s according to a report issued this week by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.” (more)