In the race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tom Torlakson staked an early lead over fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck while a a third GOP candidate had a surprisingly strong showing, according to early results.
The race for state schools chief in California is typically a sleepy affair. With the authority to set education policy vested in the Legislature and a state board of education appointed by the governor, the superintendent’s job has served primarily as a pulpit with no real power.
A special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo has been named a California Teacher of the Year.
California’s state schools chief on Tuesday night welcomed President Barack Obama’s plan for all 50 states to provide pre-kindergarten schools for 4-year-olds, indicating that he believed such a move would result in better prepared students and ultimately a more educated workforce.
California’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.
Tom Torlakson said the passage of Proposition 30 is just the first step in getting the state’s education system back on track.
California’s top education official says the state’s students posted the ninth straight year of gains in English and math proficiency on this year’s standardized tests.
This year’s graduating class posted the highest pass rate on the state’s High School Exit Exam, with Bay Area districts seeing improvement.
The state Department of Education said images of state tests have been discovered on about a dozen social networking websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Twelve Bay Area schools have been nominated to the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.