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- All L.A. Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed through Friday, as well as 17 on the Westside. After two days of closure for all Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools, Malibu's public schools will remain closed Friday. Santa Monica's will open. More information here.
- An outside panel hopes to help the L.A. Unified School District launch some pilot programs that could spread to all schools.
The California Department of Education is delaying the release of state standardized test scores.
The Department was preparing to release the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress early next week, on Aug. 29.
But on Friday, department spokesman Bill Ainsworth said the release was delayed indefinitely. "Release of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test results for 2017 will be postponed to address a recently identified data issue," he said in an email.
This will mark the third consecutive year of results for the test, which is aligned to the Common Core standards.