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LA School Report | November 5, 2015

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State Board penalizes ETS $3.1 million for late test scores
The State Board of Education voted to penalize the Educational Testing Service $3.1 million for delivering the scores and reports on the new Smarter Balanced tests late.
EdSource, by John Fensterwald

Study: Most states link student learning to teacher reviews
In many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.
Associated Press, by Jennifer C. Kerr

Parents, School Officials Battle Over Contamination at Malibu Schools
Parents had become alarmed when three teachers reported getting thyroid cancer, and blamed “sick building syndrome” at the aging schools near Zuma Beach.
NBC Los Angeles and City News Service

Compton Teachers Hold ‘Sick-Out’ Over Ballot Measure
More than 40 teachers called in sick the day after voters approved school bond measure.
NBC Los Angeles, By Kathy Vara

Preschools play key role in preparing English learners for kindergarten
Preschools have such an important role to play in getting children prepared for kindergarten because about half of the children in the state’s largest publicly funded preschool programs come from homes where a language other than English is spoken.
EdSource, by Sarah Tully

New questions over proficiency and the Common Core testing
The question of where to draw the line for proficiency on new tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards has crept back into the conversation.
Cabinet Report, by Tom Chorneau

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