| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:47 PM
On the eve of discussions over his future, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy can count on broad support from the civic elite, but by his own yardsticks, his performance fell notably short this year.
Deasy set ambitious and specific targets to measure...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:06 PM
Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama’s proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum next week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials announced Wednesday.
The Nov. 6 event is the first in a series...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:33 PM
The California Assembly on Wednesday easily approved an overhaul of the state's student testing system in which schools and parents would not receive test scores for at least a year.
The vote of 51 to 22 was largely along party lines, with Democrats...
| Sep 13, 2013
Re "School testing measure advances," Sept. 11
Any California official who thought participation in the national Common Core standards would be voluntary ought to know better now.
Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown and the teachers unions are...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:40 AM
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort."
"We want to be...
| Sep 16, 2013
When it comes to education policy, California and the Obama administration have gotten along about as well as the Clantons and the Earp brothers. They've clashed over teacher evaluations, Race to the Top grants, you name it. Now, the switch to the new...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Maryland wants to continue annual assessments of students this year at a cost of about $6 million, even though the scores wouldn't be used to gauge school progress — one of the main reasons for giving the tests.
State officials, in plans to be...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama's proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials said.
The Wednesday event is the first in a series of four public...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Famous as he is in other city neighborhoods, suburbs and countries across the globe, Billy Corgan was just another tall, bald, white guy wearing a Bears jersey (No. 1), standing against the gymnasium wall at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the Far...
| Nov 17, 2013
Re "How to grade public schools," Opinion, Nov. 14
Jack Schneider discusses the inherent problems with the interpretation of test results.
During my career in higher education, I did a survey analyzing a plethora of studies that attempted to determine...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 1:36 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Illinois delegates gather each morning for breakfast to hear from political motivational speakers and to get a grab bag of tchotchkes, they’re also given something else: a set of talking points to use in case they get...