Month: August 2013

Torlakson Reports Improved Results on High School Exit Exam

SACRAMENTO—Students in the class of 2013 passed California’s High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) at the highest rate since the test was made a graduation requirement, with 95.5 percent earning a passing score, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. CAHSEE and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) scores, announced earlier this month, figure heavily in state and federal school accountability results, which Torlakson also announced today. For the second straight year, a majority of schools statewide met or exceeded the state performance target of 800 points on the Academic Performance Index (API). “Despite the very real challenges of deep …

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Common Core State Standards Officially in Print Form

SACRAMENTO—With schools beginning the year deeply engaged in the transition to theCommon Core State Standards, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that they are available in print for the first time. CDE Press, the publishing arm of the California Department of Education, is now offering print versions of the California Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy)and California Common Core State Standards: Mathematics (CA CCSSM). Previously, the documents were available only online. At the same time, Torlakson released a short video explaining in plain language the importance of California’s transition …

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Arne Duncan’s Google+ Hangout with Khan Academy Founder

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, joined a Google+ Hangout to discuss education in the United States. Secretary Duncan and Khan answered questions submitted via Facebook and tweets with the hashtag #DuncanKhan. In the hangout, Secretary Duncan reinforced the importance of making higher education more affordable and accessible for American families. “At a time when going to college has never been more important, unfortunately it has never been more expensive,” Duncan said. “And so we have to work together to drive down costs. We have to have much greater transparency and help young people and their families …

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Two Year Degrees Offer a Path to Success

Two recently released reports – Baccalaureate Attainment: A National View of the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students Who Transfer from Two-Year to Four-Year Institutions, by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in partnership with the Indiana University Project on Academic Success, and The Economic Benefits of Attaining an Associate Degree Before Transfer: Evidence From North Carolina by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) – suggest that community college students should complete their sub-baccalaureate credentials before transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Transfer is a key mission of community colleges, and, as the NSCRC notes, accurately understanding the pathways and outcomes of these students is critical …

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L.A.Times: Student Finds A Different World at UC Berkeley

Kashawn Campbell overcame many obstacles to become a straight-A student. But his freshman year at UC Berkeley shook him to the core. (this is a repost from “South L. A. student finds a different world at Cal” appeared in the LA Times Aug. 16, 2013. We thought it was a powerful story worth sharing. ) BY KURT STREETER/PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETHANY MOLLENKOF School had always been his safe harbor. Growing up in one of South Los Angeles’ bleakest, most violent neighborhoods, he learned about the world by watching “Jeopardy” and willed himself to become a straight-A student. His teachers and his classmates …

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GEAR UP/NCCEP 2013 National Conference

The 2013 GEAR UP National Conference was held in San Francisco this year, and we were excited to participate and have a prominent roll. This national convening of GEAR UP professionals, parents, students, policymakers, and community partners is coordinated by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships(NCCEP) and planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the importance of education/community partnerships and the accomplishments of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). This conference also serves to facilitate the forging of new alliances among faculty, to help attendees …

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