| Nov 14, 2013
How do you measure school quality?
For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 3:00 AM
On the first day of school at Spurgeon Intermediate, after the first bell had rung and administrators swept the halls for stragglers, new Principal Todd Irving faced dozens of parents in a room near his office. A translator stood at his side.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:40 PM
TOKYO -- In the late 1980s, when Katsumi Suzuki was 20, he was mesmerized when he heard a recording of John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.
"I heard the words 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country' and those...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers...
| Nov 9, 2013
Re "How to grade a teacher," Editorial, Nov. 7
Thank you for your balanced editorial on the use of test scores in evaluating schools and teachers. The "all or none" attitude of No Child Left Behind in using test scores to demonize struggling schools and...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:28 PM
The Los Angeles Unified School District has lost a key round in a legal battle to keep the performance ratings of individual teachers confidential.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal declined this week to consider the case after a lower court ordered...
| Nov 7, 2013
As the recent job evaluation of Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy showed, test scores and other metrics can be a useful addition to the assessment process — as long as they're not allowed to substitute for the bigger, more meaningful picture....
| Nov 3, 2013
| 6:48 PM
When a privately run charter school opened in August on the campus of a traditional elementary school, a quiet Westside neighborhood suddenly found itself inundated with traffic during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, one resident recalled....
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:55 PM
Cal State University trustees Wednesday asked the state to increase funding for enrollment and other needs, despite doubts from Gov. Jerry Brown and the prospect of a tough sell during rough-and-tumble budget negotiations.
Meeting in Long Beach, the...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:58 AM
As Los Angeles police began canvassing the quiet Silver Lake neighborhood for clues about who may have killed Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s father, family friends began arriving at the home to pay their respects.
Lauren Wayne, who said she has known...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:55 PM
A committee of the Cal State Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $4.6-billion budget plan that includes money to hire faculty and increase student enrollment.
The 2014-2015 proposal seeks an increase of $237.6 million in state funding. Included in...