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10 fastest falling California school districts (2012)

The past three years have been tough for these 10 school districts, which have seen their test scores and GreatSchools Ratings fall faster than any other district in the state.

GreatSchools’ POV on Common Core

How do we feel about this new educational initiative that could transform U.S. classrooms? As always, we’re keeping our eye on what matters most: your child.

How does your school compare to the world's best?

Yet again, the U.S. has received mediocre PISA scores. A new opt-in test is giving schools a chance to see how they rank internationally … and how to improve.

How to improve your school's lunch program

Tired of seeing chicken nuggets, tater tots, and chocolate milk on the school lunch menu? Here are seven simple steps to give your school cafeteria a healthy makeover.

Facts (and fiction) about school test scores

They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.

How we calculated these lists: 2012 test score trends using GreatSchools Ratings for California public schools

Have you seen our lists of most improved elementary, middle, and high schools for 2012? How about the top scoring, bottom scoring, most improved, and fastest falling school districts? Here's how we calculated these lists.

Great expectations: How parents affect school success for teens with LD

This study shows that parents' high expectations of their teens with learning disabilities are linked to better educational outcomes.

Start the School Year Right: Tips From Our Experts

Whether it's finding more time for family activities or getting better organized for school, the start of a new school year is a good time to rethink and plan ahead.

Spending far from equal among state's school districts, analysis finds

California districts spend wildly different amounts per student.

Should I send my child to a single-sex school?

Learn more about single-sex schools, and what advocates and detractors say. Then decide for yourself.