Find the latest announcements and launches from the Linked Learning Alliance here—plus reflections and insights about what’s happening across the field.
Students, teachers, and administrators are preparing for year-end assessments. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, assessments have become even more top of mind for those in education. In Pasadena Unified School District, students are still able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills thanks to the district’s commitment to transitioning their senior defenses to virtual settings.
Across the country, schools, communities, and industry are coming together to dramatically redesign learning experiences in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. In Antelope Valley, the deep and enduring partnership between industry and education that has been the foundation of Linked Learning has also paved the way for an extraordinary community response that is continuing student hands-on learning while helping protect health care professionals at the frontlines of COVID-19.
Here we share updates on the May Revise analysis, California Department of Education’s webinar on safely reopening schools, and the University of California’s vote to drop the SAT/ACT for student admissions.
In this update, we’ve captured a number of key takeaways from the May Revise, along with some important updates from the May 2020 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, including new insights about Federal Waivers, the California School Dashboard in general and the College and Career Indicator (CCI) in particular.
This week’s Sacramento policy news highlights the California Department of Education’s (CDE) guidance for districts as they navigate the uncharted waters of LCAP and budget processes during COVID-19, and the work of legislators as they focus their attention on the state budget and a small set of bills related to the COVID-19 crisis.
State policy will continue to be critical as we all navigate the realities of COVID-19, and we’ll no doubt be tracking on California’s “May Revise” to the state budget once it’s available. We share news of a recommendation to waive administrative requirements for Perkins, competitive grants that State educational agencies may apply for, and Secretary DeVos’ response to inquiries about IDEA requirements. We also have one California-specific update on the CDE’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) FAQs.
This week’s update focuses on California’s ongoing efforts to address the technological and connectivity issues creating barriers for school districts. We also share the latest on Governor Newsom’s executive order detailing how districts can meet requirements in Local Control and Accountability Plans amid COVID-19, as well as new information on federal funding relief for states and teacher-directed professional development opportunities.