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    Wilk Bill For Higher Education, Nonprofits Moves Out Of Committee

    A bill introduced by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, made it out of the Higher Education Committee on the California Assembly on Wednesday

    High School Holds Civil War Reenactment, Living History Festival

    Santa Clarita Valley International (SCVi) will hold a Civil War reenactment to showcase their students’ knowledge of American History.

    Common Core State Standards For Schools Open For Public Comment

    Common Core State Standards Open For Public Comment

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    Hart District To Hold Meeting On New Common Core State Standards

    The William S. Hart Union High School District will hold a special meeting Wednesday regarding two programs meant to help students better prepare themselves for future careers.

    The Common Core State Standards implementation plan is meant to set a universal expectation of students across the country, said Vicki Engbrecht, Hart district assistant superintendent for educational services.

    “Up until now every state had its own content standards that talked about what students should do in every grade level, this change is substantial it creates common as it creates common expectations for math, literacy, language and arts,” Engbrecht said.

    Correction: Santa Clarita's Reaction To StudentsFirst Report Card On Education

    Correction: The article orginally stated some misinformation about StudentsFirst and the organizations head, Michelle Rhee. 

    California is one of 11 states to recently receive an overall grade of F in a StudentsFirst report card evaluating education.

    The StudentsFirst report repeatedly emphasized using students test scores to evaluate teachers and decide how much funding schools would receive, but did not consider student test scores in the report. Instead the report focused on how states evaluate teachers, empower parents and allocate funding.

    Each grade included a slew of suggestions regarding funding, how teachers are evaluated and increasing the number of charter schools.

    Next Generation Science Standard Will Affect Santa Clarita Valley Schools

    Concerned parents and other citizens have less than a month to offer their opinion on the Next Generation Science Standards, a reevaluation on the way science is taught in school.

    Now in its second stage of development, NGSS is welcoming everyone to look at their proposed revisions and offer comments and criticism before Jan. 29.

    “I think you’ll find there’ll be some costs and modified instructional material, but the way science is taught hasn't been modified standards since 1997,” said Phil Lafontaine, California Department of Education’s director of professional learning support division and the lead in developing these new standards. “A lot has happen, we have a better understanding of schoolhow students learn and what they need to learn. So it’s time we make that shift.”