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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
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
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
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
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
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)
Marsh, Julie A.; Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Hough, Heather J.; Park, Vicki; Allbright, Taylor; Hall, Michelle; Glover, Holly – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
California and the nation are at the crossroads of a major shift in school accountability policy. At the state level, California's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) encourages the use of multiple measures of school performance used locally to support continuous improvement and strategic resource allocation. Similarly, the federal Every…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, School Districts, Program Implementation
Marsh, Julie; Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Hough, Heather – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
California and the nation are at the crossroads of a major shift in school accountability policy. At the state level, California's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) encourages the use of multiple measures of school performance used locally to support continuous improvement and strategic resource allocation. Similarly, the federal Every…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Accountability, School Districts, Measurement
Hough, Heather; Witte, Joe – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, California state policymakers are tasked with determining the subgroup threshold for school-level reporting. To inform this decision, this policy brief explores the implications of utilizing various subgroup sizes using data from the CORE Districts. The authors find that the 20+…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, School Districts, Partnerships in 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
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
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
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
Darche, Svetlana; Stern, David – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
There is widespread agreement on the goal of preparing every high school student for both postsecondary education and a lifetime of fulfilling work, that every graduate should be "college and career ready." The authors' view is that career readiness and college readiness entail many of the same skills, bodies of knowledge, and…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, High Schools, High School Students
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