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Meyer, Robert H.; Wang, Caroline; Rice, Andrew B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
With an increased appreciation of students' social-emotional skills among researchers and policy makers, many states and school districts are moving toward a systematic process to measure Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). In this study, we examine the measurement properties of California's CORE Districts' SEL survey administered to over 400,000…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Item Response Theory, Models
West, Martin R.; Fricke, Hans; Pier, Libby – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Amid growing interest from educators and policymakers in supporting students' social and emotional learning (SEL), this brief describes the development of key social-emotional skills within the CORE districts, a network of urban California school districts that collectively serve more than one million students. Specifically, we use CORE's unique…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Social Development, Emotional Development, Urban Schools
West, Martin R.; Pier, Libby; Fricke, Hans; Loeb, Susanna; Meyer, Robert H.; Rice, Andrew B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Mounting evidence demonstrates that social-emotional skills are important for students' academic and life success, yet we have limited evidence on how these skills develop over time and how this development varies across student subgroups. In this study, we use the first large-scale panel survey of social-emotional learning (SEL) to describe how…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Social Development, Emotional Development, Self Concept
Kurlaender, Michal; Kramer, K. A.; Jackson, Erika – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
In 2014, the state of California implemented the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in order to align state assessment and accountability policies with the newly adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At the heart of the new performance and accountability system is the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Smarter…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Common Core State Standards, Student Evaluation, College Readiness
Marsh, Julie A.; McKibben, Susan; Hough, Heather J.; Allbright, Taylor N.; Matewos, Ananya M.; Siqueira, Caetano – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
There is a growing consensus in education that schools can and should attend to students' social-emotional development. Emerging research and popular texts indicate that students' mindsets, beliefs, dispositions, emotions, and behaviors can advance outcomes such as college readiness, career success, mental health, and relationships. Despite this…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle Schools, Educational Practices
Loeb, Susanna; Christian, Michael S.; Hough, Heather J.; Meyer, Robert H.; Rice, Andrew B.; West, Martin R. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Measures of school-level growth in student outcomes are common tools used to assess the impacts of schools. The vast majority of these measures are based on standardized tests, even though emerging evidence demonstrates the importance of social-emotional skills (SEL). This paper uses the first large-scale panel surveys of students on SEL to…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy
Grunow, Alicia; Hough, Heather; Park, Sandra; Willis, Jason; Krausen, Kelsey – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Under emerging policy structures in California, the responsibility for school improvement is increasingly placed upon local school districts, with County Offices of Education (COEs) playing a critical support role. In this system, districts are responsible for school improvement, with counties in charge of ensuring quality across districts and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, School Effectiveness, Educational Policy
Perry, Mary; Khalilnaji-Otto, Nazaneen; Brackenridge, Katie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Summer learning loss contributes significantly to the achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers. That makes high quality summer learning programs a smart investment for school districts concerned about success for all students. Such investments have become easier thanks to the flexibility built into the Local…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Achievement Gap, Summer Programs, Low Income
Humphrey, Daniel; Koppich, Julia; Lavadenz, Magaly; Marsh, Julie; O'Day, Jennifer; Plank, David; Stokes, Laura; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was signed into law in 2013, and represents the most significant change in California education finance and governance in 40 years. It moves additional funds to districts with students in poverty, English language learners, and foster youth. The LCFF sends supplemental funds to districts based on…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Funding Formulas
Brunner, Eric J.; Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
This study examines how California's system of school facility finance, and the level and distribution of funding for K-12 school facilities, has changed over the decade since 2006. This report addresses five broad questions related to the way California finances its school facility needs: (1) How has California's system of school facility finance…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Financial Support, Comparative Analysis, State Aid
Reardon, Sean F.; Doss, Christopher; Gagné, Josh; Gleit, Rebecca; Johnson, Angela; Sosina, Victoria – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
How are California's students doing? And are all groups of students receiving the same opportunities for educational success? How do patterns of educational outcomes in California compare to those in other states, and how have they changed in the last decade? In this study, the authors seek to provide a portrait of the state of educational…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Standardized Tests
Aguilar, Jorge; Nayfack, Michelle; Bush-Mecenas, Susan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires districts to report multiple measures of student performance that reflect success in the goal of preparing students for college, career, and citizenship. As they engage in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, they are expected to use state and local indicator data from…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Districts, Partnerships in Education, Funding Formulas
Timar, Thomas; Carter, Allison – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
In August 2010, the California State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Three years later, the president of the State Board, Dr. Michael Kirst, noted that CCSS "changes almost everything," including what teachers teach, how they teach, and what students are expected to learn (Kirst, 2013). Echoing his…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Educational Change, Instructional Materials
Hough, Heather; Kalogrides, Demetra; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, through which Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has partnered with the CORE districts to conduct research designed to support them in continuous improvement while simultaneously helping to improve policy and practice in California and nationwide.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Environment, Accountability
Hough, Heather; Kalogrides, Demetra; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, through which Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has partnered with the CORE districts to conduct research designed to support them in continuous improvement while simultaneously helping to improve policy and practice in California and nationwide.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Environment, Accountability
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