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CSLNet Featured in National STEM Study

CSLNet Featured in National STEM Study

NerdWallet, a personal finance website, recently recognized the California STEM Learning Network for its commitment to promoting STEM education in California in a study that found the San Jose and San Francisco metro areas as some of the best places for STEM graduates in the nation. Read the full press release here.

The full study can be accessed online.

Speak Out for Science – Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Regulations Need Stronger Support for All State Standards

At yesterday’s meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), CSLNet requested a critical revision to the state’s proposed regulations governing the Local Control Accountability Formula LCAP Template. Following the meeting, CDE will open a 15-day public comment period to accept additional feedback on the proposed regulations. CSLNet is concerned with the lack of attention in LCAPs to other academic content areas beyond the Common Core State Standards subjects of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, particularly the lack of explicit support for science education.

Priority 2 within the LCAP template requires that a plan implement all academic content and performance standards adopted by the state board. But because the language of the LCAP template does not provide a link to state adopted standards or a list of state adopted standards to be covered (for example at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp), we are seeing some narrowing in the interpretation of the intent of State Priority 2. Many support documents and publications to assist districts in understanding and using the LCAP interchange “Common Core implementation” for the broader reference to the implementation of all standards intended in Priority 2.

We are asking that the SBE change the language used to describe the “Implementation of State Standards (Priority 2)” to reflect the need for all standards to be explicitly addressed in the LCAP. We think it is especially important to highlight the State Board’s most recently adopted standards – including the Next Generation Science Standards alongside the Common Core and the new English Language Development standards – that contain the critical instructional shifts sought by the SBE and the Legislature.

Therefore, we are asking that the Board clarify the language of Priority 2 as shown in italics below:

Implementation of State Standards: implementation of academic content and performance standards adopted by the state board for all subjects, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), English Language Development (ELD) standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), for all pupils, including English learners.

The specificity of this language will reduce the ambiguity of the instructions that school districts are relying on to develop their LCAPs and help encourage districts to include their plans to implement the new science standards when they establish their current and future priorities.

Please join CSLNet in speaking out in favor of this proposed change to the LCAP regulations by submitting your comments to the CDE during the 15-day comment period from July 12th to 28th. Send comments by 5pm on July 28th to regcomments@cde.ca.gov. For more information go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr14/documents/jul14item11a1.doc.

There will also be a special meeting for public comment at 9:00am on July 22, 2014 in Sacramento (details at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/pn/lcappubmeeting22jul2014.asp).

This is the full letter CSLNet submitted to the SBE: CSLNet LCAP Testimony Item 11 July 2014 Meeting

CSLNet is also pleased to announce that we have joined as a partner with The Education Trust-West and 30 other organizations to support LCAP Watch. LCAP Watch is a public repository for LCAPs to create more public transparency around school district plans. While the site already includes hundreds of LCAPs, it’s intended to crowdsource the expansion of the database until all 1,000 districts are represented. Users may view existing plans or add plans, which will then be confirmed and posted by an administrator. The website also features additional resources that offer best practices for addressing a number of the state’s priority areas, including school climate and student engagement.

 

 

State Superintendent Unveils Highly-Anticipated STEM Task Force Report

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson released his STEM Task Force Report during a press event yesterday at The Exploratorium in San Francisco. The report “INNOVATE: A Blueprint for Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education” offers an in-depth look at the current status of STEM education and provides a set of seven key recommendations needed to advance STEM education.  CSLNet’s President & CEO, Chris Roe and several members of CSLNet’s Regional Networks/Advisory Council participated on the Task Force. Read the full press release here.

CSLNet Supports Assembly Bill 2319

On April 9, 2014 the Assembly Education Committee will hold a hearing on AB2319 sponsored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, regarding supplemental support for education. Your voice is needed to ensure this important legislation moves forward and that the Committee understands how important STEM education is as part of this legislation and to the future of our students and state. Click here to view our letter of support.

 

Understanding Local Control Funding

Beginning July 1, 2013, the state of California changed the funding formula for public education – requiring school districts to develop their own Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The LCAP is a plan that aligns the district’s educational goals with financial resources.  Wondering how it should all work?  Watch this webinar from Children Now.

Smarter Balanced Field Test Overview

A video that provides an overview of the Smarter Balanced Field Test is now available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrG3S-TDcJo. The purpose of this nine-minute video is to provide an overview of the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test. The primary audiences for the video are teachers, administrators, school board members, and other educators responsible for test administration. Resources for use with students and parents are referenced in the video.