Carvalho wants 30 LAUSD high schools to offer online college courses in fall
L.A. Unified Superintendent Alberto Carvalho wants to dramatically increase the number of high schools offering prestigious online college courses for the fall to boost enrollment and increase pathways to college — but so far the goal is elusive. In an interview with LA School Report in early May, Carvalho said he was confident 30 schools...
By Cari Spencer | June 6, 2023
Analysis: The promise of personalized learning never delivered. Today’s AI is different
Over the last decade, educators and administrators have often encountered lofty promises of technology revolutionizing learning, only to experience disappointment when reality failed to meet expectations. It’s understandable, then, that educators might view the current excitement around artificial intelligence with a measure of caution: Is this another overhyped fad, or are we on the cusp...
By John Bailey | June 5, 2023
The terrible truth: Current solutions to COVID learning loss are doomed to fail
Most of the programs school districts have implemented to address COVID learning loss are doomed to fail. Despite well-intended and rapid responses, solutions such as tutoring or summer school will miss their goals. Existing policies have failed to consider the unique needs of the students these services seek to help, and thus are destined to...
By Margaret Raymond | June 1, 2023
Surgeon General’s social media warning may impact school district legal surge
The U.S. Surgeon General’s dire warnings on the youth mental health crisis will likely prompt more school districts to sue big tech companies, according to advocates and lawyers involved in ongoing litigation. Surgeon general Vivek Murthy warned last month in a 19-page advisory that social media poses a profound risk to children, with excessive use impacting...
By Marianna McMurdock | June 8, 2023
California Teen, a ‘16 Under 16 in STEM’, Gets a Big Surprise on The Kelly Clarkson Show
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‘Achievement gap’ vs. ‘education debt’: Why the language of testing matters
Language matters when it comes to talking about student learning, tests, achievement and accountability. Our country needs a K-12 accountability system that centers on justice, not deficits. For this to happen, policymakers should: (1) meaningfully partner with marginalized stakeholders to determine the outcomes that matter to these populations and then measure those outcomes; (2) use transparent, honest...
By Jennifer Randall | June 7, 2023
Commentary: Black community college enrollment is plummeting. How to get those students back
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to support their local communities with pathways to economic and social mobility. But a recent report draws attention to a decline in Black college students, particularly at community colleges, which enroll over one-third (36%) of Black students entering postsecondary education. From 2011 to 2019, Black enrollment declined at twice the rate (26%) of the...
By Karen A. Stout and Francesca I. Carpenter | May 31, 2023
COVID’s ‘complicated picture’: Mental health worse, staffing tight, enrollment frozen at nation’s schools
More than two-thirds of public schools saw higher percentages of their students seeking mental health services in 2022 than before the pandemic — but only a slim majority believed they were able to meet children’s heightened psychological needs, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The revelation comes from The Condition of Education 2023, the latest...
By Kevin Mahnken | May 30, 2023
Carnegie, ETS team up to develop competency-based assessments
Two major players in K–12 education launched a joint effort last month to develop new assessments that could help shift schools’ focus away from traditional “seat time” requirements and toward more accurate measures of mastery over academic content. The new tests, to be created by the Educational Testing Service and the Carnegie Foundation for the...
By Kevin Mahnken | May 25, 2023
Opinion: Better pay, better materials, training, respect — what survey says teachers want
Teacher Appreciation Month is a time when educators are recognized for their many contributions to students, families and communities. It’s also a time to ask: “Are the teachers all right?” With the recent release of Educators for Excellence’s annual Voices from the Classroom national teacher survey, it’s clear the answer is “not really.” This survey is made for...
By Sydney Morris | May 24, 2023
LAUSD considers expanding popular math program without clear evidence of effectiveness
Twenty kindergartners at Los Angeles Unified’s Coeur d’Alene Avenue School sit on a multi-colored carpet, listening to their teacher present the day’s math lesson. Projected on the whiteboard are clip art images of a gold coin and a pot of gold against a rainbow background. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the...
By Will Callan | May 23, 2023