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Morning Read: Some school districts track school climate along with test scores

LA School Report | July 5, 2016

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Urban schools test for grit, but will it improve test scores?

Something new is happening at a batch of California urban schools. Students are being asked if they are happy at school. The recent focus on the social and emotional well-being of students as a way to improve test scores is gaining statewide traction. Civil rights advocates are joining parent and student groups in pushing the State Board of Education to consider school climate surveys in a new accountability system California is scheduled to adopt this fall. An analysis of the CORE school reports suggests how well a school’s students perform on standardized tests correlates highly with school climate. By Judy Lin, CALmatters

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