The percentage of Orange County students who met the Healthy Fitness Zone performance targets in all six areas decreased slightly, according to the 2014-15 California Physical Fitness Test results released on Friday. [...]
"The Hour of Code offers a global introduction to computer science with one simple call to action," writes Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. "It asks every single student and as many adults as possible to write code for one hour during the week of Dec. 7." In his latest column for the OCDE Newsroom, Dr. Mijares explains how a campaign that makes it easy to write code is demystifying the field of computer science.
It’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving, and we've got a feast of local education stories you might have missed. Click through for this week's headlines.
The University of California, Irvine Extension is once again offering a free webinar series geared toward teachers, administrators and parents of gifted students. The eighth annual Gifted and Talented Education Webinar Series will take place weekly on Tuesdays, Feb. 2 through Feb 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. [...]
From now until Dec. 18, all K-12 students, parents and teachers can share their views on the role and use of technology for learning as part of the 13th annual Speak Up National Research Project. [...]
The Santa Ana Unified School District continues to create new learning opportunities and educational options in alignment with the interests and aptitudes of its students. That was among the key takeaways from the Superintendent’s State of the District and Partners Breakfast, which was hosted Friday morning by the district’s Board of Education and the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation. [...]
The Irvine Unified School District hosted a pair of dedication ceremonies for its newest campus this week. Parents and community members got a chance to tour the brand new facilities of Portola Springs Elementary School, which features a design and science lab, flexible-design classrooms, music and performing arts spaces, collaborative work environments, an innovation lab and more. [...]
The Buena Park School District, the City of Buena Park and the Buena Park Library have jointly unveiled an ambitious citywide reading initiative that will make digital books, games and resources free and accessible on local smartphones, tablets and computers. [...]
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.
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new federal initiative, “Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism,” which calls on the nation to raise awareness and reduce chronic absenteeism by at least 10 percent each year. [...]