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Gehlbach, Hunter; Hough, Heather J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
As educational practitioners and policymakers expand the range of student outcomes they assess, student perception surveys--particularly those targeting social-emotional learning--have grown in popularity. Despite excitement around the potential for measuring a wider array of important student outcomes, concerns about the validity of the…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Validity, School Districts
Meyer, Robert H.; Wang, Caroline; Rice, Andrew B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
With an increased appreciation of students' social-emotional skills among researchers and policy makers, many states and school districts are moving toward a systematic process to measure Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). In this study, we examine the measurement properties of California's CORE Districts' SEL survey administered to over 400,000…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Item Response Theory, Models
West, Martin R.; Fricke, Hans; Pier, Libby – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Amid growing interest from educators and policymakers in supporting students' social and emotional learning (SEL), this brief describes the development of key social-emotional skills within the CORE districts, a network of urban California school districts that collectively serve more than one million students. Specifically, we use CORE's unique…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Social Development, Emotional Development, Urban Schools
West, Martin R.; Pier, Libby; Fricke, Hans; Loeb, Susanna; Meyer, Robert H.; Rice, Andrew B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Mounting evidence demonstrates that social-emotional skills are important for students' academic and life success, yet we have limited evidence on how these skills develop over time and how this development varies across student subgroups. In this study, we use the first large-scale panel survey of social-emotional learning (SEL) to describe how…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Social Development, Emotional Development, Self Concept
Kurlaender, Michal; Kramer, K. A.; Jackson, Erika – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
In 2014, the state of California implemented the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in order to align state assessment and accountability policies with the newly adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At the heart of the new performance and accountability system is the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Smarter…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Common Core State Standards, Student Evaluation, College Readiness
Hough, Heather; Marsh, Julie; McKibben, Susan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Social-emotional learning refers to the beliefs, attitudes, personality traits, and behaviors that students need to succeed in school and life. Our study looks closely at ten "outlier schools" in California's CORE districts whose students report strong social-emotional learning outcomes compared to other, similar middle schools. This…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
Marsh, Julie A.; McKibben, Susan; Hough, Heather J.; Allbright, Taylor N.; Matewos, Ananya M.; Siqueira, Caetano – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
There is a growing consensus in education that schools can and should attend to students' social-emotional development. Emerging research and popular texts indicate that students' mindsets, beliefs, dispositions, emotions, and behaviors can advance outcomes such as college readiness, career success, mental health, and relationships. Despite this…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle Schools, Educational Practices
Loeb, Susanna; Christian, Michael S.; Hough, Heather J.; Meyer, Robert H.; Rice, Andrew B.; West, Martin R. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Measures of school-level growth in student outcomes are common tools used to assess the impacts of schools. The vast majority of these measures are based on standardized tests, even though emerging evidence demonstrates the importance of social-emotional skills (SEL). This paper uses the first large-scale panel surveys of students on SEL to…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy
Timar, Thomas; Carter, Allison; Ford, Nicodemus – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Rural school districts face unique challenges in procuring funds, recruiting staff, and obtaining high-quality technical assistance. This environment creates problems in identifying high-quality instructional materials and implementing best practices. A collaborative learning network can address these challenges by providing access to professional…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Networks, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education
Grunow, Alicia; Hough, Heather; Park, Sandra; Willis, Jason; Krausen, Kelsey – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Under emerging policy structures in California, the responsibility for school improvement is increasingly placed upon local school districts, with County Offices of Education (COEs) playing a critical support role. In this system, districts are responsible for school improvement, with counties in charge of ensuring quality across districts and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, School Effectiveness, Educational Policy
Perry, Mary; Khalilnaji-Otto, Nazaneen; Brackenridge, Katie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Summer learning loss contributes significantly to the achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers. That makes high quality summer learning programs a smart investment for school districts concerned about success for all students. Such investments have become easier thanks to the flexibility built into the Local…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Achievement Gap, Summer Programs, Low Income
Humphrey, Daniel; Koppich, Julia; Lavadenz, Magaly; Marsh, Julie; O'Day, Jennifer; Plank, David; Stokes, Laura; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was signed into law in 2013, and represents the most significant change in California education finance and governance in 40 years. It moves additional funds to districts with students in poverty, English language learners, and foster youth. The LCFF sends supplemental funds to districts based on…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Funding Formulas
De Toro, Alicia Kathryn – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Subsidized transit policy is a strategy used to lessen environmental impacts and increase institutional accessibility in higher education. Program funding to support this subsidized transit policy can vary between institutions. This research focuses on the geographic analysis of Eco Pass, a student led initiative implemented in the Foothill De…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Commuting Students, Transportation
Jaquith, Ann; Stosich, Elizabeth – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2018
This memo, which is the first in the series, explores some of the assessment for learning practices that the initiative is supporting at Del Lago Academy of Applied Sciences, a small public high school in Escondido, California that educates a diverse group of scholars to develop industry-specific skills and expand their social networks and access…
Descriptors: Student Role, Equal Education, Academic Achievement, High School Students
Miller-Galaz, Michelle – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Hispanic students enroll in higher education as a strategy for upward mobility, but their completion rates demonstrate the significant challenges they face. In the state of California, 65 percent of Hispanic students attend a community college, and the two-year college system is struggling to increase the graduation and retention rates. The…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Males, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges
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