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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.
California's data-related delay in the release of its state standardized test scores is due to a mix-up in some special education students' scores, an official said Tuesday.
The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress were initially scheduled to be released Tuesday.
Late last Friday, the California Department of Education said the results would be delayed indefinitely due to a data issue. The obvious question was, what sort of data issue?
On Tuesday, California Department of Education spokesman Bill Ainsworth said staffers had conducted a routine check on the analysis of test results and found that about 25,000 special education students' scores had been sorted into the wrong districts — not the ones in which they had taken the test.
The scores in question, he pointed out, were less than 1 percent of statewide scores for special education students.
"Currently, the CDE is calculating the data again to ensure precise statewide results," Ainsworth said. "We will release statewide results when this important work is completed."