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CA students struggle on nationwide exams

California fared poorly in the latest round of a bellwether series of key elementary and middle-school tests. “What’s sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, a sampling of fourth- and eighth-graders in reading and math, painted a dismal picture of a state that insists it

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CA poll: Public schools good, tenure bad

A new poll indicated that Californians broadly supported public school reform, even among respondents whose support for public education remained strong: “Californians trust their public school teachers and want to spend more money supporting public schools, according to a recent poll. […] California

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Common Core test finally pushes out API

Goodbye API, hello Smarter Balanced test. That’s what California public school students face as the school year comes to an end. The Academic Performance Index, used to measure and monitor students’ progress statewide, was implemented by the Public Schools Accountability Act

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CA could suspend high-school exit exam

State Sen. Carol Liu, D-Pasadena, has introduced Senate Bill 172, which “would remove the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school for each pupil completing grade 12”

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Physical education settlement gives slacking CA schools a workout

Faced with an embarrassing lawsuit over physical education requirements, California schools have opted to settle with the Golden State parent spearheading the case. Marc Babin, who created an organization called Cal200 to further his aims, sued California in 2013 to enforce

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College kids read at 7th-grade level

This is shocking. After 13 years in U.S. public schools,  our college kids read only at a 7th-grade level, on average. Reported Breitbart Texas: The premise behind the Common Core State Standards is that all public school students will be college

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VIDEO: Teachers unions, Common Core and other roadblocks to reform

Cal Watchdog’s James Poulos interviews filmmaker Bob Bowdon about the national trends in school choice and bottom-up solutions for education reform.

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In CA, Smarter Balanced testing shapes fate of Common Core

It’s crunch time for California supporters of the new Common Core educational standards. On several fronts, key business, education and political interests have heightened their push for the changes. Although opposition remains strong, pro-Common Core groups sense that a tipping point may be

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Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

CalWatchdog.com’s Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how standards are crucial for long-term success in education.

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Colbert rips Common Core 4

Stephen Colbert plays a “conservative” on Comedy Central. When he takes over the the “Late Show” from David Letterman next year, Colbert supposedly will reveal his inner liberal self. We’ll see. In the meantime, Colbert just attacked President Obama’s “Common

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