(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Opt-Out)

“All students must participate fully in GHCHS assessments in their 9th, 10th and 11th grade year to be eligible to participate in optional activities such as senior activities, school extracurricular activities and school athletics. Students who clearly disregard an assessment as determined by the testing coordinator or test proctor will be regarded as having refused […]

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Next #DemDebate MUST Include K-12 Education Policy

The next #DemDebate is scheduled for the important primary state of Iowa on November 14, 2015. It’ll be broadcast by CBS in partnership with the Des Moines Register. Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig is leading the call for the families of 50 million students K-12 across the nation and the communities they live in to have […]

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Open Letter to Parents on Common Core Testing Results

Dear Parents, Soon California will release the results of your child’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC tests. These tests are also known as the new Common Core test that California and states across the country implemented last year. Please know that as you receive the results of your child’s SBAC scores our child’s results […]

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Commentable Version: Chair’s Report on The Common Core Technology Project Ad Hoc Committee

Many have wondered what the Chair’s Report on the Common Core Technology Project Ad Hoc Committee actually says. This is the committee that has formally tracked progress and implementation of LAUSD’s ed tech program. We’ve obtained a publicly-released copy of the 118-page report, written under the leadership of LAUSD School Board Member Monica Ratliff (official […]

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K12NN Open Government Initiative: Public Records Requests of the LAUSD iPad Requests For Proposals (RFP)

This is what we at K12NN do: we prod traditional corporate-owned media to rise to a higher level of investigative journalism when it comes to putting the public good and the well-being of public education front and center. Last fall, when the iPad story was first reported in the major Los Angeles-area news outlets, the […]

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Actual SBAC Testing Conditions (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. […]

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More on SBAC Practice Tests (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. […]

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SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. […]

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March 14, 2014: Remarks at the Association of Children's Librarians Annual Institute

Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K-12 News Network. On March 14, 2014, I was invited to speak to the Association of Childen’s Librarians of Northern California at their annual Institute in the beautiful San Francisco Main Public Library. Here’s the substance of the talk I gave. In re-arranging my address to the ACL for publication […]

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A Closer Look at Common Core’s ‘Close Reading’ Strategy Reveals Deep Flaws

Special to K-12 News Network, from Coleen Bondy. She is in her eighth year teaching English and journalism at an LAUSD Title One high school in Reseda, Calif.   I went to an LAUSD training on the Common Core State Standards in November, and after the training I had many more concerns about the intent […]

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