Last week, we reported on the passage of legislation that effectively suspended the California High School Exit Exam — and the requirement that students pass it as a condition of graduation — through the 2017-18 school years. Although the law won’t take effect until Jan. 1, we’re here to provide answers to some frequently asked questions. [...]
Earlier this month, we shared the news that Orange County students posted higher average scores than the rest of California on new English and math assessments. Well, it looks like one O.C. district has posted the highest math scores of all large districts in the state -- and the second highest English scores. [...]
Orange County students have outperformed their state and regional counterparts on new computer-based assessments aligned with California’s English and math instructional standards, according to results released Wednesday by the California Department of Education. Click through for a summary of Orange County's CAASPP test results.
Thousands of students that had been unable to graduate due to the cancellation of the July California High School Exit exam are now exempt from that requirement. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 725. [...]
This year, Orange County students in grades three through eight and 11 took the new computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments, which were designed to measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards. While officials from the California Department of Education originally indicated that schools could expect their assessment results during the summer break, we’re told September is now the target. Click through for details.
In a major move to make the SAT college-entrance exam more equitable, the College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy, an online education nonprofit, to create high-quality test-prep materials – for free. The College Board has given Khan Academy exclusive access to create the online practice program. [...]
Education reform expert Michael Fullan was the keynote speaker at OCDE’s “Equipping an Emerging Generation” conference, which drew more than 400 educators and business leaders to the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Hosted by County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, the event also featured Trevor Packer, senior vice president for the College Board. [...]
The state's new English and math assessments "challenge students to think critically, draw conclusions and cite evidence. As a result, we expect to have more detailed information than we’ve ever had before to indicate which skills and content areas have been mastered," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
Closing the rigor gap, increasing graduation rates, reducing college remediation and fortifying the American workforce will be the focus of a special conference for Orange County educators next month. Hosted by the Orange County Department of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, “Equipping an Emerging Generation” will feature presentations by renowned academic experts Michael Fullan and Trevor Packer. The conference will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. [...]
The California Board of Education has voted unanimously to suspend the Academic Performance Index for the 2014-15 school year as the state works to develop a more comprehensive accountability system based on multiple measures. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the move on Wednesday. [...]