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LA School Report | January 12, 2016

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Who is new LA Unified Supt. Michelle King?
If King has had nonconformist ideas about how to run the behemoth system or turn around lagging student achievement, she’s never made them widely known.
Los Angeles Times, by Howard Blume

Brown says it’s time to abandon API to judge schools’ performance
Brown said the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act creates the opportunity to design a “more accurate picture of school performance and progress.”
EdSource, by John Fensterwald

Computers widen the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds
Low-performing fourth-graders do poorly in writing tests given by computer, but high-performing students do better.
Hechinger Report, by Jill Barshay

Scrutiny raises concerns with Brown’s early learning plan
Offering scant details last week, Brown proposed rolling several sources of money for pre-school and transitional kindergarten into a single block grant.
Cabinet Report, by Kimberly Beltran

New York City’s high school graduation rate tops 70%
As New York State officials met to consider changes to high school graduation requirements, the state announced that the graduation rate inched up last year.
New York Times, by Elizabeth A. Harris

100,000 NYC children face airport-style security screening every day
Crime in the schools has dropped sharply but NYC still requires students at more than 200 schools to take off their shoes and send their belongings through x-ray machines.
Pro Publica, by Cecilia Reyes

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