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California Department of Education Releases 2021–22 Statewide School Enrollment Data

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today released K–12 public school enrollment data for the 2021–22 academic year. The annual snapshot of fall enrollment shows a fifth year of decline as the state emerges from two challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The release provides yet another data point in the continuing analysis of California’s […]

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State Board of Education Approves Additional Testing Flexibility for Schools This Spring

SACRAMENTO March 16, 2021 – The State Board of Education today voted to give California school districts the opportunity to use either state tests or other standards-aligned assessments to gauge student learning this spring. The vote builds on last month’s Board action to apply for the maximum flexibility offered by the U.S. Department of Education […]

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State Board of Education Votes to Seek Federal Assessment, Accountability, and Reporting Flexibilities Due to Impact of COVID-19 on Schools

SACRAMENTO February 24, 2021 – The State Board of Education voted today to seek relief from certain federal testing, accountability, and reporting requirements and directed staff to explore other options for assessing student learning given the many challenges facing schools, educators, families, and students this year. The Board’s action is in response to federal guidance […]

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State Supt. Thurmond Announces Major Step to Assess English Language Proficiency During Distance Learning

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 1, 2020—State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced this week that the assessment used to determine a student’s English proficiency has successfully transitioned online, giving educators a powerful tool to reach and support English learners while school campuses are closed. The Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) has moved from a paper-pencil test […]

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Implementation Tool for Assessing Student Learning

SACRAMENTO July 7, 2020 – State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) has released a new implementation tool on diagnostic and formative assessments as a resource for schools. Being able to identify where students are in their learning within key content areas when they return to school would support […]

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement on 2019-20 School Year Amid Current School Safety Concerns

SACRAMENTO March 31, 2020 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released a statement Tuesday regarding the 2019-20 school year. “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. […]

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2018-2019 Enrollment Data for California Schools

SACRAMENTO March 28, 2019 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the release of 2018–2019 enrollment data for California’s K–12 public schools. The data breaks down enrollment by ethnicity and grade, along with English Language Acquisition Status, and can be sorted by county, district, or school. “This data provides a critical snapshot […]

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California Receives Nearly $11 Million Federal Early Childhood Education Grant

SACRAMENTO January 17, 2019 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that the California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded a federal Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Award for $10,620,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. It was one of 45 states/territories that […]

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California Department of Education Revokes State Certification for Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills

SACRAMENTO January 11, 2019 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) has revoked state certification for Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills. Guiding Hands is a private, non-public school that serves students with disabilities, primarily students with autism and/or emotional disturbances as defined under […]

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State Superintendent Torlakson and Superintendent-elect Thurmond Celebrate the Reopening of Schools in Butte County

SACRAMENTO December 3, 2018 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Superintendent-elect Tony Thurmond praised Butte County school leaders and community members for working selflessly and heroically so that their students could return to school on Monday, December 3, less than a month after the worst fire in California history. Fourteen schools were […]

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding Relief for Schools Closed by Wildfires

SACRAMENTO November 9, 2018 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that assistance is available for any schools forced to close as a result ofraging wildfires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. Hundreds of schools statewide have been impacted by the recent wildfires.             “These fires have been tragic and devastating. […]

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2019 California Teachers of the Year

SACRAMENTO October 10, 2018 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson named five extraordinary educators as the 2019 California Teachers of the Year. Torlakson, who began his career as a science teacher and coach, said he is pleased to honor five outstanding and talented teachers who have made a great impact in their schools […]