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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Fourth-graders making no improvements in math or reading, study says
The results of the latest Nation’s Report Card are in and the news isn’t good. Fourth-graders made no improvements in math or reading, while eighth-graders’ scores were flat in math and only slightly improved in reading, according to results released Tuesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Overall, only roughly a third of American eighth-graders are proficient in reading and math along with about 40% of fourth-graders.


For the ACT and the SAT, Pencils No Longer Required, but Sometimes Necessary
For the first time this Tuesday, the 70-member junior class of Chisholm High School in Enid, Okla., will sit for the SAT college entrance exam, but almost all the students will be clicking through Chromebooks instead of blackening bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. One hundred fifteen miles east of Enid, the Tulsa, Okla., schools were also invited this year to administer an online version of the SAT, the exam that Tulsa’s 1,700 juniors must take. The district chose paper and pencil.


California makes significant gain in reading on much anticipated national test
Led by strong scores in 8th-grade reading, California moved closer to the national averages in reading and math, continuing a decade-plus trend of generally slow but steady improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The closely watched assessment released its 2017 results for 4th and 8th grades on Tuesday.


State library offers licensed content free to schools
As social media giants like Facebook and YouTube struggle over content and privacy issues, K-12 students throughout California will soon be getting access to a wealth of high-value online resources in a program spearheaded by State Librarian Greg Lucas. Using a $3 million allocation from the state budget, the library will make available the Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest and at no cost to students statewide who will be able to use these resources in the classroom, at home or anywhere they can log-in.


Women can't be paid less because of salary history, court rules
A federal court in California ruled on Monday that employers can't justify paying women less than men based on what they earned at previous jobs. An eleven-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco reached that conclusion in the case Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education. It overturned an earlier decision by a three-judge panel holding that employers could use previous pay as a "factor other than sex" in determining a worker's salary.

Here's yet another reason to read to your baby
New research in a study out Monday in the journal Pediatrics suggests that when parents and caregivers read aloud and play with children from birth, there are long-term benefits for how they develop socially and emotionally. "Reading and play really does change the way your child approaches their feelings, their behavior and, ultimately, their readiness to learn when they get to school," said Alan Mendelsohn, associate professor of pediatrics and population health at New York University Langone Health.


How 43 local schools got that ‘Distinguished’ look
Last week, state education officials announced the selection of 43 Orange County campuses as California Distinguished Schools. Those that earn the Distinguished School title are expected to share their signature practices, allowing them to be replicated elsewhere. In that spirit, the OCDE Newsroom reached out to local districts and asked them about the successful strategies employed by their California Distinguished Schools.


California Lawmakers Consider How To Regulate Home Schools After Abuse Discovery
Each state regulates home schools differently; California is one of the more permissive ones. To home-school, California parents simply have to submit an affidavit with their addresses to register their home as a private school. After the Turpins' parents were arrested, California state lawmakers started looking at how to change that. Right now, two bills in the California State Assembly would reform home-schooling.

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