June 14, 2013
Vol. 4, No. 11
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State Budget News

Governor Jerry Brown, 2103 May Budget Revision

Note: Since the writing of this digest the CA State Budget has been approved by both houses of the legislature and sent to the Governor. Updates will be posted to the OTAN Website.

In his May Budget Revision Governor Brown proposed regional consortia, made up of community colleges and school districts, determine the future of adult education. Read the full story in OTAN News.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, Senate President Darrel Steinberg, and Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a compromise version of Brown's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Read the full story in OTAN News.

NCFL announces partnership with U.S. Department of Education to advance family engagement initiatives

National Center for Family Literacy

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the U.S. Department of Education today announced a partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country.

The partnership will extend the Department of Education's efforts on family engagement and NCFL's track record of more than 20 years of providing tools and resources for educators and parents to create engaging lifelong learning opportunities for the entire family.

There is more in OTAN News.

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

What does it really mean to be college and work ready

Students are failing to learn the basic math and English skills and concepts needed for success in community colleges, according to a new report External link opens in new window or tab from, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE External link opens in new window or tab) entitled What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready: The English and Mathematics Required by First Year Community College Students.

That's the surprising – and discouraging – central conclusion of a groundbreaking two-year study, which examined the skills and knowledge in mathematics and English literacy that high school graduates need to succeed in the first year of their community college programs.

Read the full OTAN article and link to the report.

Assembly Approves Overhaul of Public School Testing

What does it really mean to be college and work ready

Legislation sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to create a new statewide assessment system using computer-based exams that would measure and promote student progress toward career and college readiness has been approved by the state Assembly.

Assembly Bill 484 (Bonilla) would limit the use of Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system tests for the 2013-14 school year and begin statewide use of new assessments aligned to California's Common Core State Standards in 2014-15.

Read the full OTAN article and link to the recommendations.

More Links



Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

OTAN Online Boot Camp

OTAN is offering two weeks of free professional development starting June 17 and continuing through June 28. There are more than 35 workshops to choose from. Workshops focus on technology integration, online/blended teaching, productivity tools, using mobile devices, cloud tools, language Web sites, and more.

See the full list of workshops and register now External link opens in new window or tab before they fill up.

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Online Documents & Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
July 19, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Stanislaus Literacy Center – Learning Quest

Online Documents - Create and Share on the Cloud! Series II
August 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Petaluma Adult Learning Center

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