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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Missing an opportunity: Ed Dept. criticized by GAO for teacher shortage strategy
With the nation’s schools facing acute teacher shortages, the GAO criticized the U.S. Department of Education’s strategy for not adequately addressing the crisis and guiding states’ in how to attract and retain more educators. As teachers nationwide face “an increasingly disrespectful and demanding school workplace culture,” and compensation concerns, the GAO charged in a report...
By Marianna McMurdock | December 8, 2022
Analysis: Study shows small emergency grants can help college students stay in school
A new study commissioned by the Heckscher Foundation and conducted by Sage Education documents significant gains in college persistence as a result of a student emergency grants program and contains insights to help others implement similar programs. For the majority of underserved students in New York City who wish to attend college away from home, the State...
By Peter Sloane | December 7, 2022
Review: Why you should buy into the ‘Sold a Story’ podcast
Let me get this hard sell on the table right up front: You should listen to “Sold a Story,” a podcast about reading instruction in U.S. schools. After all, you can be concerned that 1 in 3 American fourth graders read below a basic level and still not want a deep dive into how literacy...
By Nat Malkus | December 5, 2022
Ponce: Amid new data on how students have been hit by the pandemic, 4 things LA schools should do next
Last month, California released long held student data. And while standardized test scores don’t tell us everything, they do provide an important touchpoint to hold our school districts accountable for delivering an equitable and excellent education for all students. Here are four things our school system should do with this new 2021-22 school-level data: Re-engage...
By Ana Ponce | November 30, 2022
In the ‘Crosshairs’: Beleaguered School Superintendents Face COVID Wave of Firings
Facing Regional Shortages, U.S. Schools Now Employing 160,000 ‘Underqualified’ Teachers
L.A. vs. the Wonks: District’s 8th-Grade Reading Miracle on NAEP Draws Scrutiny
State of Play: Girls’ Athletics Rising — With or Without Trans Kids on the Team
16 Under 16: Meet The 74’s 2022 Class of STEM Achievers
L.A. vs. the wonks: District’s 8th-grade reading miracle on NAEP draws scrutiny
When the nation’s most important test dropped in late October, the news was abysmal: Scores were among the worst in its history. But amid the carnage, one feel-good story emerged. Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district, appeared to have accomplished a reading miracle, with eighth-grade scores jumping an incredible nine points. Peggy Carr, the...
By Linda Jacobson | November 29, 2022
Teachers felt more COVID anxiety than healthcare workers, study finds
Teachers were far more likely than other workers to experience anxiety during the first year of the pandemic, a newly released study has found. And among teachers, those who worked remotely for most of the 2020-21 school year reported higher rates of depression and loneliness than those who worked in-person. The study, which leverages a...
By Kevin Mahnken | November 28, 2022
Analysis: To improve the nation’s schools, first close the honesty gap
The 2022 NAEP results reveal alarmingly poor academic performance that should be a call to action for big change in our education system. But what are stakeholders — parents, policymakers, voters and taxpayers — to make of the mixed messages they are getting on how well their schools are educating their students? The National Assessment of Educational Progress is...
By Rianna Saslow | November 23, 2022
Virtual nightmare: One California student’s journey through the pandemic
In a black suit and red bowtie, his smile full of braces, Jason Finuliar stands by a fountain on the Santa Clara University campus as his mother snaps a photo. It was December 2018, and the promising young speech competitor had just placed fourth in a California tournament, qualifying him for nationals. “It was literally...
By Linda Jacobson | November 22, 2022
Black families look to continue pod schooling movement beyond pandemic
White families may have embraced pods and microschools as a short-term fix to cope with the pandemic. But for many Black parents, they offer something more permanent: an alternative to traditional schools where their children have historically faltered. “Our motivation for building outside of the system is because we saw our system crumbling in the...
By Linda Jacobson | November 21, 2022
‘The bottom has dropped out’: Study confirms fears of growing learning gaps
In the earliest weeks of the pandemic, researchers associated with NWEA made two jaw-dropping predictions. The first — that school closures would lead to lower math and reading scores — has been borne out over and over since then. The second — that the already broad range of academic levels within classrooms would yawn wider — has...
By Beth Hawkins | November 17, 2022