Weekly roundup: Saturday school might come to one district, Mandarin immersion school debuts, and more

For some students in the Centralia School District, Saturdays could become another day they have to wake up early, grab their backpacks and head off to class.

The Orange County Register reported this week about a plan for the district to offer six Saturday School sessions to students who missed days during the week.

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Students can earn back absences by attending, and the district can recoup about $50 per student in average daily attendance funding, Scott Martin, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, told the Register.

Last fall, Centralia piloted its Saturday School program at La Palma’s G.B. Miller Elementary. About 50 kids attended, Martin said. On April 8, all eight district schools held a Saturday session, drawing about 550 students, Martin told the Register.

Here are a few more education stories from the week ending Sept. 29.

  • The latest test scores are in. They show that Orange County students continued to outperform peers regionally on standardized assessments in 2017, with 57 percent reaching proficiency or higher in English language arts and 48 percent doing the same in math.
  • Advocacy groups throughout California have united to campaign for new legislation that would raise awareness of childhood trauma and construct policies to identify trauma survivors at an early age.
  • A parents’ guide to California’s Next Generation Science Standards has been released in Spanish, offering K-12 English learners and their families a clearer understanding of 21st-century science education.

Be sure to check Newsroom.ocde.us regularly for new updates on the latest school news in and around O.C.