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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
Timar, Thomas; Carter, Allison; Ford, Nicodemus – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Rural school districts face unique challenges in procuring funds, recruiting staff, and obtaining high-quality technical assistance. This environment creates problems in identifying high-quality instructional materials and implementing best practices. A collaborative learning network can address these challenges by providing access to professional…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Networks, School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education
Humphrey, Daniel; Koppich, Julia; Lavadenz, Magaly; Marsh, Julie; O'Day, Jennifer; Plank, David; Stokes, Laura; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was signed into law in 2013, and represents the most significant change in California education finance and governance in 40 years. It moves additional funds to districts with students in poverty, English language learners, and foster youth. The LCFF sends supplemental funds to districts based on…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Funding Formulas
Timar, Thomas; Carter, Allison – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
In August 2010, the California State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Three years later, the president of the State Board, Dr. Michael Kirst, noted that CCSS "changes almost everything," including what teachers teach, how they teach, and what students are expected to learn (Kirst, 2013). Echoing his…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Educational Change, Instructional Materials
Humphrey, Daniel; Koppich, Julia; Lavadenz, Magaly; Marsh, Julie; O'Day, Jennifer; Plank, David; Stokes, Laura; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
This report is the third in a series by the Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative (LCFFRC). This research seeks to help policymakers and others better understand ways in which the LCFF is changing fundamental aspects of resource allocation and governance and how these changes might lead to improved student outcomes. The work is…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Educational Finance, Local Government, Stakeholders
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
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
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
Polikoff, Morgan; Marsh, Julie; Plank, David N.; Hall, Michelle; Hardaway, Tenice; Le, Tien – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
California is in the middle of a nearly unprecedented period of change in the state's education system. Following voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012, the Legislature adopted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The LCFF upended the way California funds schools, redistributing revenues toward schools and school districts facing…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Change, Funding Formulas, Accountability
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
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
After years of painful budget cuts, new revenues will begin to flow to California school districts in 2014. Thanks to the voters' approval of Proposition 30 and the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), nearly all districts can expect budget increases over the next several years. In this report PACE offers guidance on…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgets, Funding Formulas, School Districts
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