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Monday, May 11, 2020


Los Amigos High staff collects $10,000 to help families through COVID-19 crisis
Staff members at Los Amigos High School in the Garden Grove Unified School District have collected $10,000 — most of it coming from their own accounts — to help local students and families facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.


2020 AP tests have changed due to coronavirus, and students and teachers aren't sure how to prepare
Over the 14 years Adam Wiskerchen has taught Advanced Placement psychology, he's become something of an expert in predicting the concepts and skills that students may see on the high-stakes exams every spring. The Preble High School social studies teacher has conducted an audit of a decade's worth of exams, analyzing which terms most often appear in the multiple-choice and free-response essay questions on the test.

This tech-savvy school shares tips for online learning amid coronavirus pandemic
Earlier this school year, the first graders at the Hampton Street School were about to take a coding class, something they’ve been doing since kindergarten. “Coding gives us another way to solve our problems,” Diane Nodell, the library media specialist, reminded them. “Are you ready to learn the basics?” The children were.


Coronavirus: Nearly all LAUSD students are now learning online, says district superintendent
More than 96% of students are connected to their teachers virtually, two months since schools closed because of the pandemic.


Some Fresno students still haven’t been contacted by a teacher, superintendent says
Fresno Unified staff urged students to keep studying through the end of the year, despite low motivation, connectivity issues and other life challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The school year officially ends June 4, but for some, it has already felt like a vacation, school officials acknowledged.


Teachers grapple with how to keep track of students during distance learning
Taking attendance has acquired new meaning for schools as distance learning becomes the new normal during the pandemic. Schools are not required to take roll at this time in order to receive state funds based on average daily attendance, said California Department of Education spokesman Scott Roark. But districts are encouraged to monitor student participation and performance in distance learning to see how well it is working.

California may soon require fewer tests to become a teacher, at least temporarily
California teacher candidates may soon be able to take fewer tests to prove they are ready to teach, if legislation approved by the Assembly Committee on Education becomes law. In its only meeting scheduled this year, the Assembly Education Committee this week approved two bills that would temporarily give teacher candidates the option to use university coursework to replace the required California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST, as well as the California Subject Examinations for Teachers, referred to as CSET.

Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest?
EdSource is tracking the impact of the coronavirus on all aspects of education in California. See below for the latest developments compiled by EdSource staff.

Advocates urge Newsom to order schools not to permanently close any buildings
At a time when officials are looking to reopen schools, but with more distance between students, a group of health experts, parents, teachers and community members is asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue an executive order that would halt any permanent school closings during the pandemic. The group supports stopping all permanent closures until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed or the threat of spreading the virus is greatly diminished through immunity or effective treatments.


AP Tests Begin Online And At Home — But Not For Everyone
Starting Monday, Advanced Placement exams, which test high schoolers' knowledge of college material, will take an unusual form. The high-anxiety, college credit tests normally last three hours and are taken in person. But this year, in response to disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, the College Board, which administers AP exams, shortened the tests to 45 minutes and moved them online. The new format has raised questions about fairness. For many students, changing the test site from a proctored classroom to their devices at home is a big deal.


New state child care website comes up short
The state's new child care portal to help essential workers find child care during the pandemic lacks key information, including many providers' names, available slots, violations and cost. But a more elaborate site is to launch in July.


California’s fiscal analyst sees smaller deficit than Newsom, but still up to $31B
The Legislative Analyst's Office projected Friday that California's deficit will be smaller than the figure released by Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s administration — at worst, $31 billion over the next 14 months compared to $54.3 billion — using the nonpartisan office's traditional measuring approach. In a more optimistic scenario with a quick rebound from the coronavirus-driven recession, that deficit could actually be as low as $18 billion, the LAO said in a Spring Fiscal Outlook.

‘The hardest thing we’ve ever done.’ SLO County parents fear learning at home will leave kids behind
Every day, Vianna Mongeur wakes up at 5 a.m. to go to work in Paso Robles — in the afternoon, she starts her second job as a homeschool teacher to her two daughters. “My mind is done by the end of work,” she said. “I don’t have the energy to be a teacher for another eight hours.”

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