SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the release of guidelines that address grading student progress and the ongoing issue of equity in distance and hybrid learning environments. Resources that support local control are included in the new guidance, allowing schools to make the best decisions for their respective student populations.
“As the majority of California’s public schools continue to respond to distance learning needs, we should reflect on how student progress is measured and consider how to shift to more equitable grading systems and policies, whether the instructional setting is in-person, virtual, or hybrid,” Thurmond said. “This is an opportunity to make a significant change.”
The new guidance includes research-based approaches to grading that may be especially helpful if students are not in class and access to technology and learning supports may be unequal. These include replacing grading quantities, such as the extent to which students have completed assignments, with grading qualities in student work that reflect students’ current achievement level at the time, and using flexibility in timing the collection of evidence for grading decisions so students are graded on the learning they do, not when they do it.
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On the heels of San Mateo County's February 11, 2021 decision to begin offering prioritized vaccinations to teachers today, February 22, 2021, Governor Newsom has also indicated that the State wishes to make this the standard in all 58 Counties.
"California is planning to start setting aside 10% of the COVID-19 vaccine the state receives each week to vaccinate teachers, day care workers and other school employees in the hopes of getting more students back in the classroom.
'It must be done, and it must be done much sooner than the current path we are on. And we believe this will advance that cause,' Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday as he announced the plan at an Oakland vaccination site.
The plan will begin March 1 by setting aside about 75,000 vaccine doses from the state's current weekly allotment, Newsom said.
The vaccine will be used to inoculate 'the ecosystem that is required to reopen our schools for in-person instruction,' including teachers, day care workers and other public school employees, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, Newsom said."