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. [...]
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. [...]
This week, Orange County youth involved in the Friday Night Live and Club Live programs took part in a statewide Roadwatch campaign to document distracted driving in their communities. And there was plenty to document. In all, they observed more than 1,400 local distractions, including the use of hand-held devices, eating, drinking, personal grooming, animals on drivers' laps, reaching for items and reading. Click through to read more.
More high school students graduated with a State Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 than ever before - 31,816 to be exact - according to a press release by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. [...]
Two school board members from districts serving Huntington Beach walked away with awards at this week's Orange County School Boards Association dinner. Susan Henry, president of the Huntington Beach Union High School District’s Board of Trustees, earned the prestigious Marian Bergeson Award, while Celia Jaffe, a former Huntington Beach City School District board member, was named the winner of OCSBA's Maureen DiMarco Award. [...]
In case you missed it, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week suspending the California High School Exit Exam -- and the requirement that students pass it as a graduation requirement -- through the 2017-18 school year. [...]
You may have read about charter schools in the news recently, and perhaps you’ve found yourself wondering, “What exactly are charter schools, and how do they differ from public or private schools?” Well, we’re here to help, with a list of frequently asked questions. [...]
‘The Water Effect,’ kicking off Oct. 10, urges high school students to be part of conservation solutions
Inside the Outdoors and The Ecology Center are launching a new high school program that aims to raise awareness about water conservation and inspire students to develop creative solutions with their peers. [...]
Anaheim district is first to make OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors program available to all students (video)
Marking a first for Orange County, the Anaheim City School District is giving every one of its students the opportunity to receive quality outdoor science education through OCDE’s long-running Inside the Outdoors program. You read that right -- every student at every grade level. For Anaheim City, that means approximately 20,000 kids in transitional kindergarten through grade six will receive hands-on lessons covering science and nature. [...]