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Growing Concerns about California School Dashboard

Yesterday, LA School Report’s Mike Szymanski covered the growing concern among parents and community organizations across California that the state’s new School Dashboard is far too complex and inaccessible to its intended audience. This new, statewide public school rating system represents an attempt by the State of California to replace the Academic Performance Index […continue]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final ESSA Accountability Rules

On Monday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that backed away from earlier drafts that instructed states to create school accountability systems with a single summative rating for each school — among other rules meant to […continue]

Will California Ensure School Accountability under ESSA?

Last week, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that California’s top two education officials, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education outlining their complaints with new federal regulations proposed under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The officials […continue]

California State Board Approves New Accountability Measures

On Wednesday, the California State Board of Education approved a new set of school accountability measures that will be used to rate California schools, including never-before-used non-academic metrics. In total, the board endorsed a half-dozen metrics, including factors like school climate, high school graduation and student suspension rates. Collectively, the measures will form […continue]