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Freedberg, Louis; Frey, Susan – EdSource, 2017
Compelling research shows that attending high-quality, full-day preschool and kindergarten is associated with improved outcomes for students. These outcomes include greater school readiness in a number of areas including language development, higher academic performance in math and reading, and less likelihood of being retained in later elementary…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Early Childhood Education, School Readiness
EdSource, 2017
As schools across the state implement the Next Generation Science Standards, this EdSource primer provides an easy-to-read guide for parents and other community members to understand the rationale for the standards and their potential to affect science instruction in California schools. California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, or…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Academic Standards, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation
Freedberg, Louis; Frey, Susan – EdSource, 2016
Early childhood education programs in California have a crucial role to play in preparing dual language learners to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. The reason is simple: there are more dual language learners under the age of 5 in early childhood education programs in California than anywhere else in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, School Readiness, English Language Learners, Native Language
Freedberg, Louis; Rice, Stephanie – EdSource, 2014
Despite the fundamentally important role of teachers in our public school system, how they are prepared is receiving far less attention than other current reforms, such as the Common Core State Standards, the Local Control Funding Formula, and new ways to assess and hold schools accountable for student performance. It has been more than 15 years…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Educational Change, Teacher Education, Teacher Certification
Freedberg, Louis – EdSource, 2012
In recent years, compelling research has found that mastery of early math concepts at a preschool level is a better predictor of later academic outcomes than literacy. Partly driven by these findings, increasing attention is being focused on improving math pedagogy at the preschool level. The issue has assumed added urgency as a result of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers
Williams, Trish; Haertel, Edward; Kirst, Michael W. – EdSource, 2011
This report is a follow-up to "Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades" (Williams, Kirst, Haertel, et al., 2010). That study specified a comprehensive set of actionable practices that differentiated higher academic achievement among 303 middle grades schools in California. In doing so, the study provided a compelling and coherent account of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Practices
EdSource, 2011
This EdSource Q&A provides clear, accurate answers to some of the most common questions about the current state of education funding in California and what the state's fiscal crisis means for schools. School districts and other education stakeholders can share this brief with their communities and cite it in addressing questions about the…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Problems, Program Guides, Retrenchment
Edwards, Brian – EdSource, 2011
California entered 2010-11 with a longstanding imbalance between ongoing spending and income. To help close that gap, state policymakers suspended Proposition 98, the minimum funding guarantee for K-12 schools and community colleges. In total, revenues for K-12 schools are down nearly 10% this year compared with 2007-08. Yet more cuts loom as the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Resource Allocation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid
Williams, Trish; Haertel, Edward; Kirst, Michael W.; Rosin, Matthew; Perry, Mary – EdSource, 2011
Early in 2010, EdSource released a landmark study on middle grades education in California. "Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades" looked at the critical 6th- to 8th-grade years in the context of standards-based education. The analysis identified a comprehensive set of practices that differentiated higher from lower schoolwide academic…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
EdSource, 2011
In an attempt to increase the effectiveness of instruction in California's public schools, educators, policymakers, and researchers are looking for ways to boost the quality of teacher evaluations. This report explains the complex relationship between state policy on teacher evaluation and local practice. It also describes prevailing criticisms of…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Public Schools, Tenure
Edwards, Brian – EdSource, 2010
California school districts are being expected to "do more with less." They face critical and competing pressures to improve academic achievement while remaining fiscally solvent in a time of increasing budgetary pressures. This report examines the financial circumstances of California's school districts and the actions they have been…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, School Districts, Financial Support, Budgets
EdSource, 2010
The 2010 EdSource Forum, held on March 19 in Santa Clara, focused on the obstacles and opportunities in the road ahead for public schools and community colleges. The Forum included four sessions. Two are covered in this report: (1) A sobering discussion of California's fiscal crisis by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor; and (2) A lively Q&A…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Schools, Community Colleges, Superintendents
EdSource, 2010
A growing chorus of state and federal policymakers, large foundations, and business leaders across the country are calling for states to adopt a common, rigorous body of college- and career-ready skills and knowledge in English and mathematics that all K-12 students will be expected to master by the time they graduate. This report looks at the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Legislation, State Standards
EdSource, 2010
This study contributes to the field by identifying a broad range of traditional and newer middle grade policies and practices, and determining in California which of these differentiate higher- from lower-performing schools serving similar student populations, with performance measured by the state's standards-based tests. Based on a sample of 303…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Cooperative Planning, Mathematics Teachers
EdSource, 2010
In the 2008-09 school year researchers from EdSource and Stanford University conducted a large-scale study of 303 middle grades schools in California. The team surveyed 303 principals, 3,752 English Language Arts (ELA) and math teachers in grades 6-8, and 157 superintendents of the districts and charter management organizations that oversee the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Cooperative Planning, Mathematics Teachers
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