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Hurtt, Alexandria; Cohen, Kramer; Reed, Sherrie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
In March 2020, school districts across California closed their doors, rapidly adapting operations and instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to understand the immediate impact of the unprecedented closure of schools prompted grave concerns about meeting students' needs, particularly for the most vulnerable. This report details…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
London, Rebecca A. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
As California's elementary schools reopen after prolonged physical closure due to COVID-19, attention to healing the school community will be essential. Although there is wide variation in the timing and formats with which schools plan to reopen, it is clear that when students reenter school buildings they will be eager to reconnect with friends…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Students, School Closing, COVID-19
Domingue, Benjamin W.; Hough, Heather J.; Lang, David; Yeatman, Jason – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
We use data from oral reading fluency (ORF) assessments to examine COVID-19's effects on children's ORF in over 100 U.S. school districts. Students' development of ORF largely stopped in spring 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fall 2020, students' gains in reading were stronger and similar to prepandemic rates. However, fall…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Oral Reading, Reading Fluency
Domingue, Benjamin W.; Hough, Heather J.; Lang, David; Yeatman, Jason – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
Education has faced unprecedented disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic; evidence about the subsequent effect on children is of crucial importance. We use data from an oral reading fluency (ORF) assessment--a rapid assessment taking only a few minutes that measures a fundamental reading skill--to examine COVID's effects on children's reading…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Oral Reading, Reading Fluency
Vance, Femi; Wolforth, Sara; Kimner, Hayin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
Strong partnerships between schools and expanded learning programs lay the foundation for building stronger, more equitable support systems for children and their families. Building on prior investments in the expanded learning system, California's school reopening guidance encouraged intentional coordination across schools and expanded learning…
Descriptors: School Districts, Partnerships in Education, School Closing, COVID-19
Vance, Femi; Wolforth, Sara; Gunderson, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
Communities in California and around the country are implementing learning hubs to provide in-person education supports to students who are distance learning. In this brief, we explore a prevalent learning hub model and raise considerations for local policymakers, schools, and expanded learning partners. We include guidance for the design and…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Small Group Instruction, COVID-19, Pandemics
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed long-standing systemic inequities in education with resulting gaps in opportunity and academic achievement. In addition, many affected students have experienced additional trauma as the pandemic has cost lives and livelihoods in families already vulnerable and on the edge. School staff have also experienced…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Districts, Educational Change
Kimner, Hayin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
Educators and policymakers have increasingly turned their attention--and $2.8 billion in funding-- to community school strategies as a way to mitigate the learning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A healing-centered community school implements a whole child approach to teaching and learning to address the fundamental physiological and safety needs of…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Community Schools, Holistic Approach
Alonso, Jacob D.; Marsh, Julie A.; Daramola, Eupha Jeanne – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
In this brief, we use data from the 2021 PACE/USC Rossier Poll to report on California voters' attitudes towards and engagement with local school district governance. Generally, our findings show relatively high support for school boards among California voters, although voters were less satisfied with school board performance in the context of…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Satisfaction, Governance, Voting
Belfield, Clive R.; Brooks Bowden, A.; Shand, Robert S. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
California's school system is under tremendous long-run fiscal pressure; allocating resources efficiently is therefore paramount. Economic analysis--making sure districts and schools are spending their budgets wisely--is the method used to identify effectiveness and efficiency. This method responds to the question educational professionals face:…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Economic Research, Elementary Secondary Education
Hahnel, Carrie; Humphrey, Daniel C. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
California enacted a groundbreaking shift to its school-funding system when it passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The law sought to make funding more equitable and also aimed to increase local control based on the premise that budgeting decisions are best made at the local level in partnership with community stakeholders, who…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Districts, Educational Equity (Finance), Budgets
Wang, Caroline; Pier, Libby; Meyer, Robert H.; Webster, Nichole – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, which is focused on producing research that informs continuous improvement in the CORE districts as well as policy and practice in California and beyond. Since spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been abruptly interrupting regular instruction in almost all…
Descriptors: Well Being, Pandemics, COVID-19, Partnerships in Education
Pier, Libby; Christian, Michael; Tymeson, Hayley; Meyer, Robert H. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, which is focused on producing research that informs continuous improvement in the CORE districts as well as policy and practice in California and beyond. In this report, the authors used data from multiple interim assessments to examine how the rate of student…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Districts, Trend Analysis
Hough, Heather; Marsh, Julie; Myung, Jeannie; Plank, David; Polikoff, Morgan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
Growing inequities and lessons learned during the pandemic together with billions of dollars in new funding present an opportunity to make substantial changes to K-12 education to better serve all students in California. In May 2021, PACE and the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) fielded our annual poll of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Voting
Kimner, Hayin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2021
A healing-centered community school is intentionally designed and organized to support student well-being as both a facet of learning and an ultimate goal. This practice brief describes the core practices of implementing comprehensive community school strategies. Healing-centered community schools must be organized so that students, educators,…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Well Being, Educational Practices, Race
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