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Ed Source Today July 17th, 2012
The charge to the teachers and administrators from eight school districts seemed simple enough: Create an activity, called a performance assessment task, that would show, when solved, that students understand a unit covering Common Core standards that California and 45 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted. Really understand, not by simply choosing a multiple-choice answer, but by explaining or illustrating in multiple ways the depth of their knowledge.
Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: by Jeff Cuneo July 27, 2012
In June, the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education celebrated the top two teachers in our district for the 2011-12 school year. These teachers were acknowledged as outstanding classroom educators, excellent collaborators and unrivaled school leaders while working with an unmatched passion and dedication.
Pilot program brings many students' first encounter with common core
SI&A Cabinet Report September 17, 2012
Even before the common core standards won adoption by a majority of U.S. governors two years ago, the country's education elite were well aware of the sea change the new curriculum would bring to the nation's schools.
Coalition of reason among districts may pave way for others
Oakland Tribune editorial October 20, 2012
Anyone not worried about the current state of public education in California hasn't been paying attention. Not to put too fine a point on it, public education in the Golden State is a mess. In their own ways, teachers, unions, taxpayers, parent advocates, business groups, administrators and, yes, newspaper editorialists have all acknowledged it.
Fresno coaxes union to sign, enters Race to the Top
EdSource Today November 3, 2012
If they awarded points for effort, Fresno Unified would get two Race to the Top grants.
After a marathon meeting that concluded early Friday morning, Superintendent Michael Hanson and leaders of the Fresno Teachers Association agreed on wording of the district's application for a $37.3 million piece of the $400 million competition open to districts nationwide.
Feds deny state a No Child Left Behind waiver
EdSource Today December 21, 2012
The formal letter from Washington hasn't arrived, but the verdict has: The federal Department of Education has turned down California's application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.