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ERIC Number: ED561978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 55
Designing California's Next School Accountability Program
Warren, Paul
Public Policy Institute of California
California is in the midst of a major K-12 reform effort. In 2010, the state adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which outline what students should know in mathematics and English. In 2013, it adopted tests of the new standards developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Collaborative (SBAC). These tests will be administered beginning in 2015, replacing the California Standards Tests (CSTs). In addition, the state revamped its school-finance system in 2013, creating the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to streamline local funding and increase support for disadvantaged students. The LCFF also requires districts to set performance targets on a range of school and student success indicators as part of a district Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). This report reviews the state's options for the next generation of K-12 school accountability programs. The analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current programs leads to the proposal of several steps that merge state and local accountability programs and create a more straightforward approach to improving schools and student outcomes: (1) California should create a new state measure that would align with the LCAP program; (2) The state should develop and fund a larger program of technical assistance to school districts; and (3) The legislature and governor need to address governance arrangements of accountability programs. The report provides an outline of a state accountability measure and program that includes a broader range of student outcomes than just test scores and also aligns with the design guidelines.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Institute of California
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001