November 2013 – Jamal Abedi, professor of education, received a
four-year $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of
Education to develop a computer assessment and accommodation
system aligned with a new generation of assessments based on the
Common Core State Standards. This project will focus on the needs
of English learners (EL) and will advance our knowledge and
capability to appropriately assess EL students in important
content areas such as mathematics.
In an article in the November/December 2013 Leadership
magazine, a publication of the Association of California School
Administrators(ACSA), the UC Davis School of Education’s Renee
Newton, Frank Pisi and Joanne Bookmyer make the case for
California school districts with expanded learning programs to
use a portion of the extra Common Core funding they are slated to
receive to ensure children in out-of-school-time programs are
well prepared to tackle the new standards.
Read the full article at ACSA’s site.
Newton is the director of the Center for Community School
Partnerships in the School’s CRESS Center, Pisi is director of
the California Afterschool Network, and Bookmyer is director of
University of California-eligible students with weaker high
school grades and test scores typically fared about as well,
after four years in college, as higher-ranking students who were
admitted, according to a new University of California, Davis,
Hoping to give under-served students a head-start on college, the
UC Davis School of Education joined Sacramento City College and
the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento to
launch an innovative early college charter school in 2007. The
first graduating class will celebrate with a special ceremony in
Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus in June 2013.
Professor Jamal Abedi, an internationally respected scholar in
area of educational testing and assessment, has been selected for
a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Association
of Test Directors. He was nominated by Dr. Zollie Stevenson of
the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2013, Gianna Zappettini was a multiple subject
teacher credential candidate in the School of Education’s Teacher
Education program. She completed her student teaching in a first
grade classroom at Cambridge Elementary in Vacaville. As an
undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Ms. Zappettini volunteered as a
mentor to 6th – 8th graders and became a team leader with the
Youth Support Program.
Federal and state leaders need to focus more on
policies that improve educational attainment and college and
career success and less on test scores
In November, the U.S. Department of Education released new
high school graduation rates for each state, using what the
department called a “common, rigorous measure.” The picture is
bleak for California, which ranks 32 among other states in high
school completion. More troubling are the persistent disparities
between racial/ethnic groups; white graduation rate is 85
percent, whereas Latino and African American graduation rates are
70 percent and 63 percent respectively.
Professors Tobin White and Lee Martin have penned an article on
how schools can leverage the ways students are already using
mobile digital devices to organize and support learning
activities in STEM content areas in the November/December 2012
issue of Leadership, a magazine published by the
Association of California School Administrators.
Their article, which “calls attention to opportunities, often
missed, to capitalize on emerging media for innovative and even
transformative educational use,” appears on pp. 22-26.
Access the magazine online here.
Deemed a “heavy-hitter” in the field of assessment for student
with disabilities and English learners, Professor Jamal Abedi
will serve on a panel of experts charged with advising on the
validity and fairness of new assessments tied to Common Core
Standards. Read the story
here. You can read more about the Smarter
Balanced Assessment Consortium here.
Professor Steven Athanases has penned an article on meeting the
needs of diverse learners in the September/October 2012 issue of
Leadership, a magazine published by the Association of
California School Administrators
His article, which demonstrates that “a combination of nurturing
and rigor is essential to educating our student population, but
targeted supports are also needed to help students meet
achievement goals,” appears on pp. 18-22.
Access the magazine online here.
UC Davis has received a $1.6 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel
Jr. Foundation that will allow it to improve science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) education in schools throughout Davis
“We want to provide (children), as future citizens, with a lens
into what it is that scientists actually do,” said Cindy
Passmore, the UC Davis associate professor who is leading the
project. “The exposure will help them make an informed choice
about whether they want to go into (science and math) fields or
School of Education Professor Michal Kurlaender explained that
colleges (both state and community colleges) are eager to see the
new Common Core Standards in place in hopes that they will better
align instruction in K-12 with higher education and improve
college readiness among incoming freshman. Kurlaender is an
expert on student readiness and success in higher education.
Read the whole article here.