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?
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June 03, 2015
June 01, 2015
As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.
May 14, 2015
Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.
April 27, 2015
Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.
April 23, 2015
Although California has strongly supported the Common Core, providing high quality continuing professional development faces substantial implementation challenges, so writes contributing writer Arun Ramanathan.
April 13, 2015
Another poll, this one debuted on page 1 of the "Los Angeles Times," shows weak support for teacher tenure and a challenge to the state's teacher unions. But the voters love and trust teachers.
March 27, 2015
The one-percenters who can make large campaign donations have more money than ever. And, as in all other policy areas these days, they want to call the shots in K-12 education.
March 09, 2015
An irresistible computer game and a equally irresistible 7-year-old teach me about how we might link deeper learning and the Common Core.
March 04, 2015
Even more than we expected, incumbents in Los Angeles school board races failed to capture majorities. Three are headed toward runoffs. Charter supporters are ascendant as big money pours in.
March 02, 2015
Angelenos will pick a majority of the board members in the nation's second largest school district on Tuesday. A critical election? I think so.