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Reed, Sherrie; Lee, Patrick; Kurlaender, Michal; Hernandez, Ambar – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Large-scale efforts to address the need for data sharing and communication have surfaced in recent years. While these efforts have expanded data sharing and data use opportunities for educational institutions at all levels, the comprehensive educational and workforce data across California that are necessary to effectively inform efforts aimed at…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Outcomes of Education, Educational Attainment
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
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
Since the mid-20th century, the standard U.S. high school and college math curriculum has been based on two years of algebra and a year of geometry, preparing students to take classes in pre-calculus followed by calculus. Students' math pursuits have been differentiated primarily by how far or how rapidly they proceed along a clearly defined…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Readiness, High School Students, Mathematics Curriculum
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
There is growing concern that the remedial math courses taken by most community college students unnecessarily divert some students from earning a degree. Anecdotes of students who thought they had completed their math requirements in high school only to have remedial courses delay their progress through college are common. In addition, research…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Educational Change, Student Placement, Educational Policy
Burdman, Pamela – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
The conventional algebra-intensive math curriculum commonly dictates students' options for entering and completing college, including their ability to transfer from two-year to four-year institutions. The assumption that higher-level algebra is necessary for college success has led some equity advocates to promote algebra for all students. Nearly…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum, College Transfer Students
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
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
Kerchner, Charles Taylor – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
Internet-related technology has the capacity to change the learning production system in three important ways. First, it creates the capacity to move from the existing batch processing system of teaching and learning to a much more individualized learning system capable of matching instructional style and pace to a student's needs. Second,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Policy, Individualized Instruction, Internet
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
For decades, when California's state leaders have wanted to see local school districts respond to shifts in policy and expectations they relied on the state-controlled school finance system to leverage local change. Through the use of categorical programs and earmarked funding, they created incentives for districts that complied and penalties for…
Descriptors: Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Career Readiness
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
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