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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
Kirst, Mike W. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
The full policy implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts K-12 are just beginning to unfold across the 45 states (and DC) that are working to implement them. The CCSS will impact almost all key state education policies in fundamental ways. As was learned from the 1990-2005 era of systemic…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, State Policy, Language Arts, Mathematics Education
Plank, David N.; Brewer, Dominic J.; Polikoff, Morgan; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
California is in the midst of sweeping education changes. The state is rolling out the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a new system of assessments. Voters approved a temporary statewide tax increase that will provide additional funding to schools after years of spending cuts. The Legislature adopted a new system for funding schools (the…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
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
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
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
Venezia, Andrea; Maxwell-Jolly, Julie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
California policymakers have pursued various strategies for raising student achievement over the past half-century. The state's schools now advance demanding curricular standards which are among the most rigorous in the nation. These are in the form of "content" and "performance" standards. This paper, stemming from a Policy…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Policy Analysis, Educational Policy
Hass, Bob, Ed. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
Educators and policymakers have accomplished much over the past decade, aided by parents and taxpayers. California has set a high bar for what all children are expected to learn, from kindergarten forward. Instructional materials and tests are now closely aligned, so that teachers know how to gauge their students' progress. And achievement growth…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Finance, Educational Change, Accountability
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