San Diego Unified has its hands full helping students adjust to new graduation requirements as well as a spate of other new systems: On top of the new A-G requirements, students are working with new Common Core curriculum and tests. A new SAT test is looming, too.
More students are failing high school math classes under the new system than were last year, according to grades from the fall semester, the first data available that provides a peek at student achievement since Common Core has been introduced in San Diego schools.
The firebrand of the school board says he’s relieved to fade out of the public eye. An outspoken voice for accountability and reining in spending, Barnett says, “I give myself an A for effort, and a D+ for success.”
Parents are wary of pushing the first day of school before Labor Day, a move they say would be disruptive to families.
The La Jolla cluster partnership agreement gives the schools freedom to make common-sense decisions, something the multi-layered bureaucracy of the San Diego Unified School District is often lacking.
One thing is clear a year into Marten’s tenure: Running a struggling elementary school is a lot easier than leading a bureaucracy with 13,000 employees, 132,000 students and 226 schools.
The district went on a listening tour before drafting a plan for how it will approach the state’s new local funding measure. But parents and stakeholders say that instead of incorporating that feedback, the district simply rehashed its existing Vision 2020 plan.
More classes are being taught by substitute teachers as regular teachers attend a series of trainings to learn the new Common Core standards.
Bond money helped build more than 100 gleaming new school libraries throughout San Diego Unified between 2001 and 2006. Now many of them sit empty and unused. District officials are hoping to get more back open, and for longer hours.
Social media is littered with parents worried the new Common Core standards are making math much more complicated than it needs to be. But a dive into the practice tests shows most questions have real-world applications.