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Governor:Jerry Brown
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Torlakson
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:6,216,977
Number of school districts:1,036
Number of public schools:10,124
Number of public school teachers:260,806
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,300
Percent minority students:73.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:53.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:10.5%
Percent of English-language learners:28.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:32.6%
8th grade math:27.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:26.9%
8th grade reading:29.3%

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The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
November 29, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week
November 6, 2012 - Education Week
An effort by the district to win a $40-million grant has unraveled after the L.A. teachers union declined to sign the application.
October 30, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
The new measures set the state on a course for some potentially significant changes to the curriculum.
October 23, 2012 - Education Week
Flex Academy programs offer online curriculum, with in-class adult support and face-to-face peer interaction.
October 23, 2012 - Education Week
The latest evolution in Riverside, Calif., is a program for middle schoolers that requires them to attend school three hours a day, three days a week, and do the rest of their learning online at home.
October 23, 2012 - Education Week
Prodded by federal officials, the district is addressing its disproportionate suspension rates for black students.
October 9, 2012 - Education Week
An Oakland, Calif., program tries to encourage more nonwhites to enter teaching—and stay in it.
October 9, 2012 - Education Week
The California school that parents want to turn into a charter now has two organizations seeking to make the change.
October 8, 2012 - Education Week
But the governor vetoed another bill that would have made it harder for schools to suspend for "willful disobedience."
October 4, 2012 - Education Week

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