Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.
California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.
The richest state in the union is also the most unequal by some measures. The lens of journalism and analysis has started to shine the gap between rich and poor and what to do about it.
Nearly half of United States senators say that they don't believe that humans significantly contribute to climate change. Here's a science quiz for them. You can add questions.
California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.
They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.
The state is worst in the nation in providing guidance counselors. It's been a problem for a long time, and not one that has a solution on the horizon.
Almost a century ago, John Dewey urged educators to move science education from memorization to method. But as guest contributor John L. Rudolph writes, the goal was a better society, not just better scientists.
What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.
California's schools just got a D+ grade. Mostly folks here have shrugged their shoulders about the Education Week's "Quality Counts" mark, which places the state in the lowest tier.