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Lee, Patrick; Reed, Sherrie; Hernandez, Ambar; Kurlaender, Michal – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
This Intersegmental Data Partnerships Resource Guide, and the accompanying PACE policy brief (see ED591080), are products of a year-long qualitative research project exploring promising practices in data sharing and data use among intersegmental partnerships throughout California. This Resource Guide provides institutions engaged in intersegmental…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Guides, Guidelines, Data Analysis
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
Meyer, Robert H.; Wang, Caroline; Rice, Andrew B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
With an increased appreciation of students' social-emotional skills among researchers and policy makers, many states and school districts are moving toward a systematic process to measure Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). In this study, we examine the measurement properties of California's CORE Districts' SEL survey administered to over 400,000…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Item Response Theory, Models
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
Perry, Mary; Khalilnaji-Otto, Nazaneen; Brackenridge, Katie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Summer learning loss contributes significantly to the achievement gap between low income students and their more affluent peers. That makes high quality summer learning programs a smart investment for school districts concerned about success for all students. Such investments have become easier thanks to the flexibility built into the Local…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Achievement Gap, Summer Programs, Low Income
Brunner, Eric J.; Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Research suggests students learn better in classrooms that are modern, comfortable, and safe, but the age and condition of school facilities varies widely across the state. According to a recent estimate, California school districts need to spend between $3.1 billion and $4.1 billion annually just to maintain their existing facilities. Further,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, School Construction, State Aid, Financial Support
Brunner, Eric J.; Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
This study examines how California's system of school facility finance, and the level and distribution of funding for K-12 school facilities, has changed over the decade since 2006. This report addresses five broad questions related to the way California finances its school facility needs: (1) How has California's system of school facility finance…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Financial Support, Comparative Analysis, State Aid
Aguilar, Jorge; Nayfack, Michelle; Bush-Mecenas, Susan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires districts to report multiple measures of student performance that reflect success in the goal of preparing students for college, career, and citizenship. As they engage in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, they are expected to use state and local indicator data from…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Districts, Partnerships in Education, 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
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
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
Umansky, Ilana M.; Reardon, Sean F.; Hakuta, Kenji; Thompson, Karen D.; Estrada, Peggy; Hayes, Katherine; Maldonado, Hilda; Tandberg, Susan; Goldenberg, Claude – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2015
Recent policy changes in California's education system have opened up a unique opportunity to improve educational opportunities for the state's 1.4 million English learner students (ELs). The implementation of new state standards including new English Language Development standards will require major changes in teaching and learning for all…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Opportunities, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy
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
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
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
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