Guess what? It's Friday again, and we've got a week's worth of education headlines from Orange County and beyond. Click through to catch up on stories you might have missed.
In an attempt to limit the amount of student testing, the U.S. Department of Education has released a “Testing Action Plan” that calls for a limit to the amount of time students spend on standardized tests — specifically, no more than 2 percent of classroom time in a school year. [...]
Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County's superintendent of schools, has released a brand new report assessing OCDE's progress toward meeting its eight strategic goals. "Measuring Up: Strategic Priorities and Key Performance Indicators” offers a user-friendly snapshot of how the department's programs and services are performing while tracking the achievement of Orange County students overall. Click through to view the report and learn more.
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. [...]