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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
Koppich, Julia E.; Humphrey, Daniel C.; Marsh, Julie A. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California ended 40 years of reliance on categorical funding for schools when Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law on July 1, 2013. LCFF intends to enhance services for high-needs students through new flexibility, targeted student funding, and local accountability. Two years into LCFF implementation,…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, State Policy, Finance Reform, Educational Change
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
California's new accountability system originated in the radical decentralization of power and authority from Sacramento to local schools and their communities brought about by the Legislature's adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. Under California's previous accountability policies and the federal "No Child Left…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Funding Formulas
Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
The Common Core provides districts an opportunity to renew their focus on teaching and learning. But it also poses a number of design and implementation challenges for school districts. The "Leadership and Design Cycles" described in this guidebook offers an evidenced-based and structured process for leaders to design and implement…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change
McLaughlin, Milbrey; Glaab, Laura; Carrasco, Isabel Hilliger – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
In this report, the authors present some initial findings on the early implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in California. They report on their interviews with educators in all regions of the state, and on their views of how implementation is proceeding in their schools and districts. The authors then review some of the key…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Program Implementation, Interviews, Performance Factors
Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
California has embarked on a major new wave of curriculum reform with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the new English Language Development (ELD) standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The adoption of the CCSS builds a legacy of standards-based education reform in California that began with the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Program Implementation, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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
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
Hough, Heather J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy brief reviews the recent experience of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with the development and approval of Proposition A. Proposition A (also known as the Quality Teacher and Education Act, or QTEA) included a parcel tax mainly dedicated to increasing teachers' salaries, along with a variety of measures introducing…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Tax Effort
Koppich, Julia E. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
Local school administrators, board members, and unions are in the best position to devise the compensation, evaluation, and professional development models that work for their communities. Many changes in personnel policy will be the subject of negotiations between school boards and local unions. But the state also has a vital role to play in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Personnel Policy, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
Loeb, Susanna; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
What will it take to bring about dramatic improvements in the performance of California's education system? The fact is, everyone does not know. California does not know how to collect the kind of educational data that would allow it to accurately measure the performance of schools and students, or to evaluate the effectiveness of different…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, Educational Policy
Koppich, Julia E.; Gerstein, Amy – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
The "Getting Down to Facts" (GDTF) studies released in March 2007 offered a clear diagnosis of the issues facing California's education system. Now, as California moves beyond the facts and begins the search for ways to improve the performance of California schools and students, the state faces a critical policy dilemma. On the one hand,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Policy Analysis, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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