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December 09, 2015

New Education Law Moves U.S. Closer to California's Path

The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.

June 03, 2015

Will a Skeptical Public Accept Multiple Indicators?

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?

April 23, 2015

The Complex Puzzle of Common-Core Implementation

Although California has strongly supported the Common Core, providing high quality continuing professional development faces substantial implementation challenges, so writes contributing writer Arun Ramanathan.

March 09, 2015

Minecraft Offers Lessons in Building a Strong Learning System

An irresistible computer game and a equally irresistible 7-year-old teach me about how we might link deeper learning and the Common Core.

February 09, 2015

Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

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.

February 02, 2015

How and Why California Is Not New York

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.

January 19, 2015

California Gets D+. Does Anyone Care?

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.

December 22, 2014

Instructional Leadership Corps Aims to Transform California's Teaching

Can teachers reclaim their roles as leaders of their own learning? A new partnership between research centers at Stanford University and the California Teachers Association will try to build that capacity.

November 05, 2014

Incumbent Tom Torlakson Wins California Superintendent's Race

In a race that gained national attention, incumbent California state superintendent Tom Torlakson retained his office against Marshall Tuck, a former charter school leader, who was heavily supported by corporate reformers aligned with Democrats for Education Reform.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

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