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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Hough, Heather J.; Marsh, Julie A.; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
This report examines findings from the 2020 PACE/USC Rossier poll of California voters. The poll represents the views of 2,000 registered California voters across a range of topics from early childhood education to higher education. Based on these results, the authors have identified five key findings: (1) There is growing pessimism about the…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Schools, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes
Myung, Jeannie; Hough, Heather – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
More than 725,000 of California's K-12 students qualified for special education services in 2018-19, but they entered a system that is often ill equipped to serve them. This brief summarizes the findings from 13 research publications produced as part of the PACE Policy Research Panel "Special Education: Organizing Schools to Serve Students…
Descriptors: Special Education, Students with Disabilities, Identification, Disability Identification
Farkas, George – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
This brief examines California's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), which is a framework designed to identify and assist students performing below grade level. MTSS involves at least three tiers of support; Tier 2 includes personalized assistance. Unfortunately, Tier 2 services are not adequately resourced so it is not surprising that…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Intervention, Response to Intervention, Resource Allocation
Stahmer, Aubyn; Oliver, Kelsey; Schetter, Patricia – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
This brief provides recommendations for the professional development (PD) of teachers, administrators, and school personnel in order to improve student outcomes. The significant achievement gap for diverse learners--including students with disabilities, a vast majority of whom are also culturally and/or linguistically diverse--can be reduced…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Faculty Development, Outcomes of Education, Students with Disabilities
Koppich, Julia E.; Stipek, Deborah – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
With the infusion of new funds, Governor Gavin Newsom has placed early childhood education high on California's policy agenda. Yet the state still faces the complicated challenge of sustaining and building on the progress children make in preK. Research has shown that preK-3 alignment--coordinating preK-3 standards, curricula, instructional…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Preschool Education, Primary Education, School Districts
Lindstrom, Lauren E.; Beno, Carolynne – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
One of the key purposes of public education is to prepare young people to reach their full potential as independent adults and engaged citizens. This transition to adulthood may be especially challenging for youth with disabilities. Students enrolled in special education often need additional supports and coordinated planning to prepare for…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Program Effectiveness
Humphrey, Daniel C.; Gamse, Beth C.; Myung, Jeannie; Cottingham, Benjamin W. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
By most measures, students with disabilities (SWDs) are not receiving the education they need and deserve in California schools and districts. In 2019, 187 of 333 (56 percent) districts were identified for differentiated assistance because SWDs did not meet standards for two or more priority areas on the California School Dashboard. California…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Students with Disabilities, Student Needs, Special Education
Lambert, Rachel – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
While California Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CA CCSSM) call for rigorous mathematics for all students, students with disabilities have not been provided equal access to instruction that meets these standards. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework to develop strategic, expert learners within classroom…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Students with Disabilities, Equal Education, Access to Education
Gee, Kevin; Beno, Carolynne; Witte, Joe – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
In this brief, we leverage data from eight school districts, known as the CORE districts, to describe students with disabilities (SWD) by their characteristics, outcomes, and transitions into and out of special education. We found that the most common disability type was a specific learning disability. Relative to their representation among…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, School Districts, Student Characteristics, Outcomes of Education
Gottfried, Michael A.; Kirksey, J. Jacob – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
Students with learning disabilities are spending more time in general education classrooms than at any point in history, yet there remain concerns whether general education teachers are receiving adequate preparation to support these students. Considering the rapid adoption of new accountability measures of teacher preparation programs (TPPs),…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Inclusion, Teacher Competencies
Gee, Kevin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
Under California's System of Support, differentiated assistance (DA) provides supports to eligible districts to boost student group performance levels. This brief describes the districts that were eligible for DA in 2019 based on the performance levels of their students with disabilities (SWD). It also analyzes how SWD performance on State…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, School Districts, State Aid, Eligibility
Muñoz-Muñoz, Eduardo – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
When then-Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law in 2013, California's leaders were hopeful that this legislation would set high expectations for flexibility, transparency, and equity within school districts. A key component of the legislation was to allow districts more flexibility to make spending decisions…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, School Districts, School District Autonomy, Funding Formulas
Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia; Lyke, Austin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
This brief describes the types of college promises that exist in the state of California. In doing so, we summarize existing research on this topic. Furthermore, we provide a framework to study the California Promise Program in community colleges in California. We use publicly available data to highlight key aspects of our proposed framework: What…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Access to Education, Educational Attainment, Student Financial Aid
Hunt, Nancy – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
Only about 10 percent of eligible infants and toddlers with developmental delays nationwide receive early intervention services, which are widely agreed to reduce delays and lessen the adverse effects of risk factors and disabilities on learning and development. California serves fewer children than the national average. Challenges arise from…
Descriptors: Identification, Early Intervention, Young Children, Infants
McFarlane, Fred R.; Guillermo, Mari – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2020
Preparing all students, including students with disabilities, for life after high school is a critical responsibility for California's education system. Engaging students and their families in discussions regarding careers, employment, and the pre-requisites for postsecondary education, training, and employment must start early and continue…
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, Students with Disabilities, Career Development, Expectation
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