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Teens in COVID distance learning were lonelier and more depressed, UC Davis study finds

Teens stuck in virtual classes felt more isolated and more depressed than their peers in hybrid and in-person classrooms, a new study says.

December 20, 2022 | Sacramento Bee
We Are More Than Our Grades: A Student’s Perspective

Bailey Striepling is a Marquette University senior and dean’s list student currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in business administration and public relations. There is danger in too much academic pressure, she writes.

December 19, 2022 | EdWeek
Opinion: How California can give unhoused students a helping hand

Amid efforts to restructure educational systems in support of Linked Learning and community schools, Y-PLAN’s success shows what is possible when we entrust young people to lead: We can bring applied learning into the classroom, expand career pathways for youth, and dramatically improve conditions for our most vulnerable, writes Deborah McKoy and Lucetricia M. Anderson.

December 17, 2022 | The Mercury News
L.A. Unified, California showcase record graduation rates; other measures show setbacks

The state of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District achieved record-high graduation rates last year despite the lingering effects of the crippling pandemic and a historic spike in student absences, prompting both praise and skepticism over the new numbers.

December 17, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California’s early college high schools can improve dual enrollment diversity

Merging high schools and community college classes in areas with a high number of Latino, Black and low-income students is emerging as a way to overcome disparities in who gets to take dual enrollment courses. The schools, known as “early college” or “middle college” high schools, give students access to dual enrollment courses as early as middle school.

December 16, 2022 | EdSource
Friendships between rich and poor promote upward mobility: School career pathways program help do this

Recent studies by Harvard economist and Opportunity Insights Director Raj Chetty and his colleagues show that friendships that cut across class lines, including those we experience in school, especially high school, play a key role in boosting upward mobility and expanding opportunity in America.

December 16, 2022 | The Thomas Fordham Institute
Chronic absences rise to record levels in California, but so do graduation rates

Rates of chronically absent students in California in 2021-22 nearly tripled statewide from before the pandemic to record levels. But, the high school graduation rate in 2021-22 reached a record high statewide and rose significantly for most student groups.

December 15, 2022 | EdSource
Survey: Most high school graduates don’t feel prepared for college, career decisions

Three-fourths of high school graduates say they were moderately, slightly or not at all prepared to make college or career decisions after graduation. Specifically, 57% said they had five or less conversations with high school teachers and counselors about their post-high school plans, according to a survey recently released by YouScience, a company that gives students career guidance.

December 14, 2022 | K-12 Dive
Is It Time We Add Career-Focused Pennants To The Walls Of High Schools?

Why did the school only line the hallways with pennants from colleges and universities? Where were the pennants for our local businesses, state-headquartered companies, regional industry leaders, and even global brands, asks Whiteboard Advisors' Alison Griffin.

December 14, 2022 | Forbes