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Lost Opportunities: The Status of Science Education in California Middle Schools

A statewide study of middle school science education finds that inadequate preparation of students in elementary schools, large class sizes, reduced funding and lack of access to needed materials are cited as barriers to high quality science instruction in California's middle schools.

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Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development

Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development presents findings from three school districts in California that piloted performance assessment tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It describes the experiences of teachers and administrators within those districts and examines how the pilot helped them learn about and prepare for the Common Core.

The interviews also provided insights into the types of support these educators saw as important for their successful implementation of the Common Core. Their experiences and insights provide critical information for district administrators throughout the state, who are in the midst of selecting and/or implementing strategies to support teachers in the transition to the Common Core.

 
Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development
– Release Date: Dec 19, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1 - Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in California's Public Schools

The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in California's Public Schools is a first-of-its-kind analysis that links data from California’s education and child welfare systems for the 2009-10 academic year to create an education snapshot of K-12 students in foster care in California.  The report reveals a previously invisible achievement gap between children in foster care and other students, including other at-risk subgroups such as low-Socio-Economic Status (SES), English learners, and students with disabilities.  The research shows that students in foster care:

  • constituted an at-risk subgroup that was distinct from low-SES students.
  • were more likely than other students to change schools during the school year.
  • were more likely than the general population of students to be enrolled in the lowest-performing schools.
  • had the lowest participation rate in California’s statewide testing program.
  • showed an achievement gap in statewide tests when compared to other at-risk students.
  • had the highest dropout rate and lowest graduation rate.

The Invisible Achievement Gap is the result of a unique collaboration between the California Department of Education, the California Department of Social Services, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, and other agencies.  Funded by the Stuart Foundation, the findings are particularly relevant and timely as California becomes the first state in the nation to attempt to track the academic progress of students in foster care as part of its new school finance reform plan. This research offers new evidence for policymakers to use in their continuing efforts to improve the academic success of students in foster care.

 
The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1
– Release Date: Oct 14, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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