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Outstanding Instructional Leader Award. Outstanding Instructional Leader 2017 Nomination. California won’t have to rank schools needing help. Source: White House webcast U.S.

California won’t have to rank schools needing help

Secretary of Education John King, who released the final ESSA regulations on Monday, with President Obama during a 2015 press conference. The U.S. Department of Education released final regulations Monday for the Every Student Succeeds Act that back away from earlier drafts on school rankings and other issues that California’s education leaders had loudly criticized. The lengthy regulations, which mark one of U.S.

The biggest compromise welcomed by California officials deals with how states will determine which low-performing schools will require “comprehensive” intervention and which will need lighter forms of state assistance. The new federal law incorporates some of the factors besides standardized test scores, such as student suspension rates, that the State Board of Education has included in its new school and district accountability system. In an email Monday, Kirst indicated he was encouraged by the final regulations. Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam. Poor students may not have worse teachers, despite Vergara lawsuit claim.

As their case wound through the courts, plaintiffs in the Vergara v.

Poor students may not have worse teachers, despite Vergara lawsuit claim

California case returned over and over again to a central claim: poor and minority students are markedly more likely to have the lowest-quality teachers. The Vergara plaintiffs hoped a court would strike down state laws that protect teachers' jobs, which they blamed for this inequity. Even when a state appellate court finally ruled against them, the plaintiffs noted the justices didn't dispute the evidence at the heart of their claim: a study by a Harvard economist, for instance, that found Latino students in the Los Angeles Unified School District were 68 percent more likely than their white peers to be taught by a "grossly ineffective" teacher. So do poor kids truly have worse teachers?

A newly-released national study suggests that finding from L.A. The researchers did find some poor students would benefit substantially from higher-quality teaching in math, but only in three of the 26 districts they identified. Send special ed funding directly to districts, not regional agencies, report says. Credit: Jane Meredith Adams/EdSource A mixed class of students, some with special needs, learn music in the Coronado Unified School District.

Send special ed funding directly to districts, not regional agencies, report says

The state should dismantle its system for distributing special education funding for California’s 718,000 students with disabilities and send the money – billions of dollars – directly to local school districts, according to a much anticipated report that’s expected to draw the attention of Gov. Jerry Brown and state education leaders. The recommendations, made by researchers at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California and released Tuesday, would upend the way special education finance has worked in the state for nearly 40 years and potentially put out of business 133 regional special education agencies known as Special Education Local Plan Areas, or SELPAs.

Inland educators aim to get more girls into science classes, careers. The state Board of Education has adopted new guidelines for teaching science, including strategies to inspire girls' interest in the subject.

Inland educators aim to get more girls into science classes, careers

Here are five examples: • Make girls leaders during group work • Give positive feedback • Highlight women role models and mentors • Ensure girls receive as much attention as boys • Tell parents about science-related career opportunities Source: California Department of Education Inland schools are changing the way they teach science. Today's standards • Teachers explain definitions; students memorize them • Science lessons are isolated from other subjects • Step-by-step approach to lab work • Multiple choice questions • Designed for high achievers New standards • Aim to create a deeper understanding of science, engineering concepts • Weave math, English and other subjects into science • Stress reasoning, critical thinking • Feature student-led experiments, project-based activities • Prepares students for college and careers.