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Lee, Patrick; Reed, Sherrie; Hernandez, Ambar; Kurlaender, Michal – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
This Intersegmental Data Partnerships Resource Guide, and the accompanying PACE policy brief (see ED591080), are products of a year-long qualitative research project exploring promising practices in data sharing and data use among intersegmental partnerships throughout California. This Resource Guide provides institutions engaged in intersegmental…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Guides, Guidelines, Data Analysis
Reed, Sherrie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
High quality instruction delivered by effective teachers is the key to student success. Hiring, developing and retaining good teachers are therefore the most important tasks of our public schools. The tasks of teacher recruitment and retention have traditionally been delegated to the human resource department within school districts, but leaving…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Selection, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence
Reed, Sherrie; Lee, Patrick; Kurlaender, Michal; Hernandez, Ambar – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Large-scale efforts to address the need for data sharing and communication have surfaced in recent years. While these efforts have expanded data sharing and data use opportunities for educational institutions at all levels, the comprehensive educational and workforce data across California that are necessary to effectively inform efforts aimed at…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Outcomes of Education, Educational Attainment
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
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
Brunner, Eric J.; Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Research suggests students learn better in classrooms that are modern, comfortable, and safe, but the age and condition of school facilities varies widely across the state. According to a recent estimate, California school districts need to spend between $3.1 billion and $4.1 billion annually just to maintain their existing facilities. Further,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, School Construction, State Aid, Financial Support
Luschei, Tom – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
Despite California's great wealth, child poverty places a drag on the state's educational performance. Disadvantaged children--including English learners, foster children, and the poor--do not receive the educational attention and services that they require to be successful. Although California's Local Control Funding Formula recognizes this…
Descriptors: Poverty, Disadvantaged Youth, Equal Education, Educational Equity (Finance)
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop an accountability system that includes multiple measures of student academic performance and at least one additional indicator of "School Quality or Student Success" (SQSS). To support policymaking at both the state and federal level, the authors of "Identity Crisis:…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Indicators
Koppich, Julia E.; Humphrey, Daniel C.; Marsh, Julie A. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California ended 40 years of reliance on categorical funding for schools when Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law on July 1, 2013. LCFF intends to enhance services for high-needs students through new flexibility, targeted student funding, and local accountability. Two years into LCFF implementation,…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, State Policy, Finance Reform, Educational Change
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California's new accountability system originated in the radical decentralization of power and authority from Sacramento to local schools and their communities brought about by the Legislature's adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. Under California's previous accountability policies and the federal "No Child Left…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Funding Formulas
Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
The Common Core provides districts an opportunity to renew their focus on teaching and learning. But it also poses a number of design and implementation challenges for school districts. The "Leadership and Design Cycles" described in this guidebook offers an evidenced-based and structured process for leaders to design and implement…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change
Jaffe, Louise – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics are intended to provide all students in California with the knowledge and skills required to transition from high school to college-level coursework. This implementation will take time. Concurrent with these efforts, policymakers and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, College Mathematics, College Readiness
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
After years of painful budget cuts, new revenues will begin to flow to California school districts in 2014. Thanks to the voters' approval of Proposition 30 and the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), nearly all districts can expect budget increases over the next several years. In this report PACE offers guidance on…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgets, Funding Formulas, School Districts
Kirst, Mike W. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
The full policy implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts K-12 are just beginning to unfold across the 45 states (and DC) that are working to implement them. The CCSS will impact almost all key state education policies in fundamental ways. As was learned from the 1990-2005 era of systemic…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, State Policy, Language Arts, Mathematics Education
Polikoff, Morgan S.; McEachin, Andrew – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
The Academic Performance Index (API) is the centerpiece of California's state assessment and accountability system. With the recent passage of SB1458 and the pending reauthorization of both state and federal accountability legislation, there is now an unprecedented opportunity to improve the API for next generation accountability in California. In…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Accountability, State Legislation
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