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ERIC Number: ED564341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Californians and Public Education: Results from the Fourth PACE/USC Rossier Poll
Polikoff, Morgan; Marsh, Julie; Plank, David N.; Hall, Michelle; Hardaway, Tenice; Le, Tien
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
California is in the middle of a nearly unprecedented period of change in the state's education system. Following voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012, the Legislature adopted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The LCFF upended the way California funds schools, redistributing revenues toward schools and school districts facing the greatest challenges and shifting control over the allocation of revenues from Sacramento to local educators and their communities. The decentralization of authority and responsibility brought about by the LCFF is reflected in the state's new accountability system. The centerpiece of the new system is the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which must be developed in consultation with parents, teachers, and the broader community. The LCAP ties decisions about the use of resources directly to local strategies for educational improvement, rather than focusing on student test scores as the sole or even primary criterion for educational performance. Along with radically new school finance and accountability policies, California is simultaneously moving forward with the most ambitious transformation of standards and assessments in a generation. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the associated Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments promise greatly improved instruction and deeper learning for all California students, but successful implementation of the new standards will require major changes in curricula, instructional materials, teacher training, and professional development, among many other things. The courts have also weighed in on education policy issues in California. The recent decision in the "Vergara v. State of California" case would require the state to rethink state and local policies on several key elements of teacher employment policy including "teacher tenure" and the rules for teacher dismissal. How much do California voters know about the policy changes that are transforming their education system, and what are their views about the direction in which the state is moving? This report presents findings from the latest Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education poll. The poll was conducted by MFour Research/Tulchin Research in June 2014. It surveyed California voters' knowledge and opinions about the quality of the state education system, CCSS, the "Vergara" case and teacher employment policies, LCFF, and charter schools. [For the previous report in the series of PACE/USC Rossier polls, "How Californians View Education Standards, Testing and Accountability: Results from the Third PACE/USC Rossier Poll" (2013), see ED564340.]
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, California Education Policy Fund; Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; Noyce Foundation; Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE); University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education
Identifiers - Location: California