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Saultz, Andrew – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
In this working paper, Andrew Saultz of Michigan State University inventories the current landscape of technology programs available for middle school math. The working paper is not intended as a "consumers' guide" to technology programs, and the descriptions of some specific programs are not fully accurate or current. Readers who are interested…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology
McLean, Hilary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) has emerged as a national model for states seeking to design policies that increase the number of students who leave high school ready for college and careers. In addition, the two national consortia designing new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards have recognized the EAP as a model for the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Educational Assessment
Gabriner, Robert; Grubb, W. Norton – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Chaffey College, a three campus college with approximately 20,000 students located California's Inland Empire, has become the destination of many community college practitioners from around the country. The reason why? Over the past ten years, the college has become nationally-known as an institution with a "risk tolerant change-oriented…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Academic Support Services
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California's education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students. The…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, State Legislation, Educational Policy
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Governor Jerry Brown has called for a major overhaul of California's school finance policies. His proposal for a weighted pupil funding system would simplify the rules that govern the distribution of funds to schools and school districts, while targeting a larger share of available resources to the schools and students with the greatest needs. In…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student
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
Welsh, William; Coghlan, Erin; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Aiming to relieve overcrowded schools operating on multiple tracks, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has invested more than $19 billion to build 130 new facilities over the past decade. District leaders asked researchers at Berkeley to estimate the achievement effects of this massive initiative--benefits that may stem from entering…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Crowding, Educational Environment
Mayo, Andrea – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
The education system in California today is unable to meet the needs of the state's economy or the expectations of its citizens. From school finance to ensuring the quality of teaching, from assessment and accountability to preparing students for college and careers, education policy today in California often works against the best interests of…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Change, Accountability, Public Education
Carnoy, Martin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
In 2005-06 almost half of the pupils in California's public schools were Latinos, but Latinos only received about 15 percent of the BA degrees awarded by public and private colleges in the state. Texas has a comparable Latino population, but does significantly better than California in getting Latino students through college. The implication of…
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Graduates, Access to Education, Hispanic American Students
Kerchner, Charles Taylor – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
Big institutions, like public education, change slowly but often dramatically. The history of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over the past five decades reveals an organization pulled up from its early 20th Century Progressive Era roots. Decades of reform efforts have provided a lively audition for what a new institution of public…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Educational Change, Public Policy, Public Education
Steele, Jennifer L.; Murnane, Richard J.; Willett, John B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
During a two-year period from 2000-2002, California awarded a $20,000 Governor's Teaching Fellowship (GTF) to 1,169 people enrolled in traditional, post-baccalaureate teacher licensure programs who agreed to teach in low-performing public schools for four years after earning their licenses. The GTF was a policy response to longstanding evidence…
Descriptors: Incentives, Fellowships, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Recruitment
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This case study will serve primarily as an historical account detailing the development of Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA). QTEA and the most salient details that led to its eventual passage, serving as an information source for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and other districts when they take on potentially controversial…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Case Studies, Laws, Urban Schools
Koppich, Julia E.; Rigby, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy primer is designed to provide base-line information about new forms of teacher pay that are emerging around the country, to support the local conversations and negotiations that will lead to the development of innovative compensation systems. It identifies reasons why teacher compensation is high on local, state, and federal policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Innovation, Teacher Motivation, Incentives
Fuller, Bruce; Vincent, Jeff; Bierbaum, Ariel H.; Kirschenbaum, Greta; McCoy, Deborah; Rigby, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This report examines how California's massive and ongoing investment in school construction could better advance the shared goals of school improvement, sustainable urban growth, and equal opportunity. This brief is organized in five parts. First, the authors sketch a "framework" for how smart growth principles could help guide school…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, School Construction, Context Effect, Housing Needs
Loeb, Susanna; Valant, Jon – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
In this policy brief the authors present an overview of the current state of school leadership in California. They examine the challenges that California must overcome to recruit, hire, train, and retain strong and talented principals, with a particular focus on the limitations of current state and district policies. They also propose a set of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Personnel Policy, Personnel Management
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