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Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
This report includes three papers that address critical "next generation" issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. None of these topics has received the attention that it deserves in the current debate on assessment…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Measurement, Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing
Wiseley, W. Charles – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
As the state emerges from another recession, jobs that remain and those opening require workers with higher-order skills most often acquired in postsecondary education. Increasing numbers of adults look to community colleges to learn those skills and to find a way out of a cycle of low paying, unstable jobs. Even workers with years of experience…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, Mathematics Skills, Educational Policy
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
A previous working paper argued, that, to understand basic skills education, it is necessary to observe classrooms to see what the "instructional triangle" involving the instructor, students, and content is like. This working paper presents the results of observing classes in 13 community colleges. It starts with a conceptualization of…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Community Colleges, Basic Skills, Teaching Methods
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
Newton, Xiaoxia A.; Rivero, Rosario; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
In this paper, we investigate the effects of teacher characteristics and school context on the timing of teachers' decisions to exit schools where they teach. The two-level discrete time survival analysis framework allows for simultaneous examinations of who exits, when, and under what conditions. Our results for a large sample of teachers in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Attitudes
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
Harris, Douglas N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2010
In this policy brief, the author explores the problems with attainment measures when it comes to evaluating performance at the school level, and explores the best uses of value-added measures. These value-added measures, the author writes, are useful for sorting out-of-school influences from school influences or from teacher performance, giving…
Descriptors: Principals, Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Measurement Techniques
Loeb, Susanna; Beteille, Tara; Perez, Maria – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2008
Data-based decision making has been the mantra of the school reform movement since the late 1980s, but California does not yet have an effective system for collecting and using vital school information. California has taken a number of steps to address this shortcoming. These include the Public School Accountability Act of 1999 and Senate bills…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Information Systems, Data Collection, Accountability
Woody, Elisabeth L.; Bae, Soung; Park, Sandra; Russell, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2006
Achievement gaps have real consequences for students, particularly those facing the challenge of passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), now a requirement in order to receive a high school diploma in California. The combined 2005 CAHSEE passing rates reveal significant discrepancies between White and Asian students and their African…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2004
This publication presents three working papers on the inadequacies and difficulties of successful transition from high school to college. These papers are derived from The Bridge Project, a six-state study of K-16 issues. These three papers do not attempt to cover all aspects of K-16 and transition issues. Consequently, the policy implications at…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Community Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education, Transitional Programs