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LA School Report | March 26, 2014



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UC financial chief leaving to head up educational foundation
Peter Taylor, the UC system’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, said Tuesday that he is leaving the university to run a Los Angeles-based education foundation that will focus on helping low- income students succeed in K-12 schools and college. LA Times


San Juan district selects Kern as superintendent
Kent A. Kern, interim leader of San Juan Unified schools, was named superintendent Tuesday night, closing a tumultuous chapter in district leadership. Sacramento Bee


NAEP Provides Vehicle for Study of Read-Aloud Option
Having teachers read aloud a reading-comprehension test to students with disabilities and English-language learners offers a boost in scores without altering what the test is trying to measure, according to a study of about 2,000 California 4th and 8th graders who were given the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in 2013. EdWeek


Calif. Testing Waiver Draws Civil Rights Concerns
The U.S. Department of Education’s sweeping decision to let California avoid making new school accountability decisions until 2016, as the state moves to new common-core-aligned assessments, worries civil rights officials who argue that it could jeopardize everything from who gets special education services in that state to how English-learners are classified. EdWeek


How do we know that Race to the Top worked?
The Obama administration is announcing major progress this week as its signature education policy, the Race to the Top competition, winds down and the money runs out. Many states that won a federal grant in the $4 billion program that is now entering its fourth year have followed through on promises to adopt the Common Core State Standards. The Hechinger Report

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