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What’s in a college course number? Lots of confusion

A new effort is underway to create a broad new numbering system that would be accessible and easily understandable to all community college students and cover many more courses. It would ensure that similar courses at any California community college are aligned so they fulfill the same transfer requirements for California State University and the University of California systems.

April 30, 2021 | EdSource
Mental health, equity should be schools’ focus as students return, report says

To help students readjust to life after the pandemic, schools should use their Covid-relief funding windfall to imbue mental health, equity and relationships into every aspect of the school day, according to a sweeping new report.

April 29, 2021 | EdSource
As California schools reopen to in-person instruction, students and families decide if it's right for them

Across California, schools are opening their doors again, a first step toward rebounding from the pandemic. But for most students in EdSource’s families project, life remains far from normal.

April 22, 2021 | EdSource
Inside a Cal State Northridge program that helps women and Latinos in STEM

The AIMS2 program, or Attract Inspire Mentor Support Students program, at California State University Northridge’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, uses mentorships and partners with community colleges to help transfer students to successfully navigate college and graduate.

April 21, 2021 | EdSource
Why mental health is the key to dealing with learning loss

The best way schools can help students catch up academically after a year of distance learning is to ensure they feel relaxed, safe and connected to their friends and teachers as they return to the classroom.

April 15, 2021 | EdSource
California’s community colleges at critical crossroads as more students opt not to attend

Across California, enrollments at many community colleges have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Systemwide, more than 260,000 fewer students enrolled in fall 2020 compared to fall 2019, potentially threatening the long-term existence of some colleges unless they can dramatically turn things around, the system’s Board of Governors learned recently.

April 12, 2021 | EdSource
Local assessments an option if Smarter Balanced tests ‘not viable,’ U.S. education officials affirm

California schools will be expected to administer Smarter Balanced and other statewide tests this spring, but districts can select alternatives in cases where these tests are not “viable” to administer, federal education officials said.

April 8, 2021 | EdSource
Local assessments an option if statewide tests aren't viable during pandemic, California officials signal

California education officials have been told verbally that the state may not need to submit a waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education, thus opening the door for more flexibility this spring when it comes to standardized testing, as school districts continue to navigate reopening plans during the pandemic.

April 2, 2021 | EdSource
Easing the transfer path in California from community colleges to universities

Long Beach pilot program does a lot of what Newsom wants statewide.

March 29, 2021 | EdSource