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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
Strunk, Katharine O.; Marsh, Julie A.; Bruno, Paul – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
In nearly every state across the country there has been recent legislative or judicial activity aimed at amending policies that shape the quality of the teacher labor force (e.g., Marianno, 2015). At the heart of this recent legislative and judicial action is the desire to attract and retain a high-quality teacher for every classroom. Good policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Preservice Teacher Education
de Velasco, Jorge Ruiz; Gonzales, Daisy – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
California's alternative education options for youth vulnerable to dropping out of school have been established at different historical points and for different student age and target populations. For purposes of this brief, "alternative school" is defined as belonging to one of six legislatively authorized types of public (non-charter)…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Alignment (Education)
Hough, Heather; Penner, Emily; Witte, Joe – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) makes sweeping changes to the way school performance is measured. Using the innovative measurement system developed by the CORE Districts in California, the authors explore how schools can be identified for support and improvement using a multiple measures framework. They show that 1) Different academic…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Indicators
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
Since the mid-20th century, the standard U.S. high school and college math curriculum has been based on two years of algebra and a year of geometry, preparing students to take classes in pre-calculus followed by calculus. Students' math pursuits have been differentiated primarily by how far or how rapidly they proceed along a clearly defined…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Readiness, High School Students, Mathematics Curriculum
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
There is growing concern that the remedial math courses taken by most community college students unnecessarily divert some students from earning a degree. Anecdotes of students who thought they had completed their math requirements in high school only to have remedial courses delay their progress through college are common. In addition, research…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Educational Change, Student Placement, Educational Policy
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
The conventional algebra-intensive math curriculum commonly dictates students' options for entering and completing college, including their ability to transfer from two-year to four-year institutions. The assumption that higher-level algebra is necessary for college success has led some equity advocates to promote algebra for all students. Nearly…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum, College Transfer Students
Kerchner, Charles Taylor – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
Internet-related technology has the capacity to change the learning production system in three important ways. First, it creates the capacity to move from the existing batch processing system of teaching and learning to a much more individualized learning system capable of matching instructional style and pace to a student's needs. Second,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Policy, Individualized Instruction, Internet
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
In this policy brief, Heather Hough and Susanna Loeb examine the effect of the Quality Teacher and Education Act of 2008 (QTEA) on teacher recruitment, retention, and overall teacher quality in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They provide evidence that a salary increase can improve a school district's attractiveness within their…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Incentives, Educational Policy, Teacher Recruitment
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
For decades, when California's state leaders have wanted to see local school districts respond to shifts in policy and expectations they relied on the state-controlled school finance system to leverage local change. Through the use of categorical programs and earmarked funding, they created incentives for districts that complied and penalties for…
Descriptors: Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Career Readiness
Linquanti, Robert; Hakuta, Kenji – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
California's implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and its governing state role in one of the Race to the Top comprehensive academic assessment consortia, present a major opportunity to dig deeply into the challenges of fair and accurate assessment of the academic performance of its English Learners (ELs). Moreover, recent…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
Dauter, Luke; Fuller, Bruce – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
Everyone knows that student achievement often suffers when children and families move, leaving behind their school and neighborhood, yet, in urban districts like Los Angeles, mobility is now encouraged by the development of mixed-markets of diverse schools, including charter, pilot, and magnet schools in. Over 60 new school facilities were opened…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Magnet Schools, Family Characteristics, Educational Facilities
Koski, William S.; Tang, Aaron – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
There is broad agreement that teacher quality is related to student achievement, but there is far less agreement about the degree to which school districts and administrators are constrained in making policies to improve teacher quality that might also affect teacher employment and working conditions. Conventional wisdom holds that state law and…
Descriptors: Teacher Employment, Teacher Effectiveness, State Legislation, Collective Bargaining
Grubb, W. Norton; Boner, Elizabeth; Frankel, Kate; Parker, Lynette; Patterson, David; Gabriner, Robert; Hope, Laura; Schiorring, Eva; Smith, Bruce; Taylor, Richard; Walton, Ian; Wilson, Smokey – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
While increases in remedial education (or basic skills instruction or developmental education) have taken place at several levels of the education and training system, there are reasons for thinking that the issue is particularly acute in community colleges. This introductory working paper divides the problem into two. The first is the high…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Remedial Instruction, College Readiness, Achievement Gap
Parsi, Ace; Plank, David; Stern, David – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2010
There is widespread agreement that many of California's high schools are doing a poor job of preparing their students for college and careers. The James Irvine Foundation is sponsoring a major initiative to develop "Multiple Pathways"--now called the Linked Learning approach--as a strategy for improving the performance of California high…
Descriptors: Evidence, High Schools, Program Costs, Educational Improvement
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