The San Francisco Unified School District could be considered for a No Child Left Behind waiver independent of the state.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is talking with school districts about how to free them from unworkable parts of the federal law, signaling he is open to an approach he long tried to avoid. Read More
California school officials want to move away from multiple-choice testing and into a format that better rewards critical thinking and problem solving.
The digitally based assessment would not be ready until the 2013-14 school year, but state education officials are in the process of creating it and prepping districts and teachers for the switch. Read More
Straight from the “careful how you defend yourself” file is this insight from the California Department of Education, which recently defended itself from allegations that our kids are receiving a substandard education by arguing that, “There is no constitutional right to a ‘meaningful’ education.” Read More
Principal Sheila Sammon and her staff and students at Paul Revere Elementary School have something to celebrate.
The K-8 school in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood made the largest gain among The City’s elementary schools in the Academic Performance Index to put them within reach of the state’s performance target for the first time in its history.
More California students than ever before are proficient in math and English, according to test scores from the last school year that were released by the California Department of Education on Friday.
Scroll down to read the full test results for the San Francisco Unified School District.
The percentage of students testing proficient in English increased to 57 percent, a 4 percent gain. In math, the figure rose 1 percent to 51 percent. Read More
Many more black and Hispanic sophomores in San Francisco public schools passed the high school exit exam in 2012 than in prior years, but those gains didn’t necessarily occur at the schools receiving extra resources to help minorities succeed. Read More
Graduation rates are up for San Francisco’s high schools, according to new data from the California Department of Education.
The San Francisco Unified School District’s four-year graduation rate for the class of 2011 was more than 82.2 percent, nearly five points higher than in 2010. The state average was just 76.3 percent
Hispanic students showed the greatest gain, from 59.4 percent to 67.8 percent. Black students gained seven points, to 64 percent. Read More
Nearly three-quarters of San Francisco public schools maintained or improved their state rankings, but the rest lost ground, according to data released by the California Department of Education on Thursday. Read More
Students at Wallenberg High School now have no excuse for missing the most important meal of the day. Starting last week, the school began handing out bagels, muffins and breakfast burritos at the door for students to eat in their first-period classes.The Western Addition campus is the latest participant in the San Francisco Unified School District’s Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast program, which was already operating at Balboa and Mission high schools. Read More
Private heritage schools, which educate children in the language and culture of foreign countries, are being asked to register with the California Department of Education to comply with a new state law.
“We want to get the word out,” said Jane Ross, an education programs consultant with the department. “It’s still relatively new.”
Ross said only 164 schools out of a few thousand statewide registered in 2011, the first year they were asked to do so. Read More