Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.


California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.


Carl Cohn, recently resigned California state school board member and former superintendent in Long Beach and San Diego, advocates breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?


As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.


In a low-turnout election Political Action Committees spent more than $4.7-million to replace one union-backed board member with another.


Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.


At an over-subscribed conference, the state superintendent and other leaders endorsed broadened labor-management cooperation and the means to achieve it.


California is taking an exceptional path in teacher labor relations. Rather than declare teacher unions the enemy of reform, the state's political leaders have sought to form a working partnership. On Friday teams of union and district leaders gather for the first symposium held by the California Labor Management Initiative.


Bills in the California Legislature would make teacher evaluation criteria a mandatory subject of bargaining and link evaluation to test scores. Is the state ready to move from its industrial mindset and learn from history?


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