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Scores nationwide crater on national math test, California’s not quite so much

Nationwide scores plummeted in math and fell significantly in reading in 2022 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, providing new evidence of the pandemic’s unparalleled impact on student learning and reinforcing calls for extra help for students who have fallen behind. Scores in California followed the national pattern in math but less so in reading.

October 24, 2022 | EdSource
Four California universities receive $3 million awards for training teachers of English learners

Four universities in California will receive awards from the U.S. Department of Education to support training for teachers of English learners.

October 13, 2022 | EdSource
College Corps, with California's first state-run tutoring initiative, is off and running

California formally launched its first tutoring initiative for K-12 students Friday when Gov. Gavin Newsom administered a pledge of commitment to hundreds of college students who are participating in a new state-funded service program, #CaliforniansForAll College Corps.

October 10, 2022 | EdSource
Fresno Unified gets 'game-changing' $20 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

The $20 million will enable the new Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools to create an endowment, producing $800,000 to $1 million annually, said Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson, who is on the foundation board.

October 5, 2022 | EdSource
State announces recipients of $54 million aimed at easing transition from school to college and career

The Governor’s Office on Wednesday announced another round of grant recipients for a program aimed at streamlining the pathway from high school to college and careers. Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and the border region will be receiving $54 million as a part of the state’s K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program.

August 24, 2022 | EdSource
$50 million fund will help Oakland students pay for college

A day after California launched college savings accounts for all low-income students, Oakland unveiled a $50 million boost for its own college savings account program.

August 12, 2022 | EdSource
Oakland, with among lowest ratio of fully prepared, rightly assigned teachers, has a strategy to address teacher churn

Oakland Unified School District has created Grow Your Own, with teacher residencies, an after-school pipeline and a teacher development program for middle school teachers. It is providing mentoring and resources for all new teachers and, starting this year, will pay for new teachers’ credentialing fees and assessments.

August 4, 2022 | EdSource
Deep divisions, further delay for California’s math guidelines

The State Board of Education has pushed back the adoption of the California Math Framework for at least four months, an indication that it is taking seriously hundreds of suggested changes and critiques and that potentially extensive changes may be coming.

July 26, 2022 | EdSource
UC tracking drop in students returning after Covid start, especially for low-income and first-generation students

Fewer first-year and transfer students returned to the University of California this past fall after enrolling the previous year, a trend that system President Michael Drake said he is watching “very carefully” but predicted will rebound.

July 22, 2022 | EdSource