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LA School Report | July 3, 2014

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Changes coming to school report cards
As with most other elements of the public education system, the state’s School Accountability Report Card is set to undergo fairly significant revisions as a result of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula. S&I Cabinet Report

Middle school key to college, career pipeline
As California focuses on education reforms intended to ensure that students graduate from high school with the skills to succeed in college and careers, Kalin is a case study in closing what some educators say is a crucial gap in the pipeline – middle school matters, and it matters a lot. While much of the college and career efforts in California focus on high school students, sixth through eighth grade is a crucial time for students, research shows. EdSource

How do you teach students to ask questions?
“Which kids do not ask their own questions?” “What squashes a child’s curiosity?” Dan Rothstein is roaming the room, encouraging teachers to keep listing their questions. It’s not about getting the answers – at least, not yet. He’s walking them through the “question formulation technique” he wants them to teach their students when school starts in the fall. KPCC

Lessons from the Los Angeles School District iPad fiasco
Commentary: On June 29, Howard Blume told the story. “LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students.” In short, there were severe problems with the rollout of US$30 million worth of iPads, and the result was a withdrawal to a laptop environment for the students. Mac Observer

L.A. school board approves contracts for six different laptops
With minimal discussion, Los Angeles school officials this week authorized contracts for the purchase of six different laptop computers to determine which device and curriculum works best for high school students.The approach is a marked contrast to a year ago, when the L.A. Unified Board of Education voted to provide every district student with an iPad, made by Apple. LA Times

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