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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
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
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
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
Brewer, Dominic J.; Plank, David N.; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2012
California has long been viewed by the rest of the nation as leader in many areas, including education. The state's K-12 and higher education systems were once the envy of other states. Of late, though, the news from the Golden State has not been so rosy. For the last three decades California has faced increased demands on public services while…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
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
Harris, Douglas N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2010
In this policy brief, the author explores the problems with attainment measures when it comes to evaluating performance at the school level, and explores the best uses of value-added measures. These value-added measures, the author writes, are useful for sorting out-of-school influences from school influences or from teacher performance, giving…
Descriptors: Principals, Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Measurement Techniques
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
In this edition of "Conditions of Education" six of the leading academic authorities on education policy in California address the key issues facing the state's education system, focusing their attention on critical indicators of current performance and on specific policy changes that would lead to sustained improvement. They identify…
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
Imazeki, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
There are significant signs of progress in California's schools, in spite of the tremendous challenges they face. Trends across multiple measures of student performance are fairly consistent: all students are doing better, or at least holding steady, during a time when the system is serving a larger and more diverse population of children. For…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Trend Analysis, Educational Improvement, Achievement Gains
Fuller, Bruce; Gesicki, Kathryn; Kang, Erin; Wright, Joseph – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
Debate is well under way regarding the efficacy of the "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act," including whether this bundle of federal rules and resources is prompting gains in student achievement. Spirited conversation will intensify as the Congress discusses how to adjust and reauthorize this ambitious set of school reforms. Both state and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Accountability
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