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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
Gabriner, Robert; Grubb, W. Norton – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Chaffey College, a three campus college with approximately 20,000 students located California's Inland Empire, has become the destination of many community college practitioners from around the country. The reason why? Over the past ten years, the college has become nationally-known as an institution with a "risk tolerant change-oriented…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Academic Support Services
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Governor Jerry Brown has called for a major overhaul of California's school finance policies. His proposal for a weighted pupil funding system would simplify the rules that govern the distribution of funds to schools and school districts, while targeting a larger share of available resources to the schools and students with the greatest needs. In…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student
Wiseley, W. Charles – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
As the state emerges from another recession, jobs that remain and those opening require workers with higher-order skills most often acquired in postsecondary education. Increasing numbers of adults look to community colleges to learn those skills and to find a way out of a cycle of low paying, unstable jobs. Even workers with years of experience…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, Mathematics Skills, Educational Policy
Koski, William S.; Tang, Aaron – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
There is broad agreement that teacher quality is related to student achievement, but there is far less agreement about the degree to which school districts and administrators are constrained in making policies to improve teacher quality that might also affect teacher employment and working conditions. Conventional wisdom holds that state law and…
Descriptors: Teacher Employment, Teacher Effectiveness, State Legislation, Collective Bargaining
Parsi, Ace; Plank, David; Stern, David – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2010
There is widespread agreement that many of California's high schools are doing a poor job of preparing their students for college and careers. The James Irvine Foundation is sponsoring a major initiative to develop "Multiple Pathways"--now called the Linked Learning approach--as a strategy for improving the performance of California high…
Descriptors: Evidence, High Schools, Program Costs, Educational Improvement
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
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
Strunk, Katharine – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
In this policy brief the author shows that contracts negotiated by local teachers' unions and district administrations allow for more flexibility than conventional views suggest. CBAs (collective bargaining agreements) are quite varied in their contents, and many school boards and unions have used the flexibility inherent in contract negotiations…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Unions, Negotiation Agreements, Employer Employee Relationship
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
Loeb, Susanna; Beteille, Tara; Perez, Maria – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2008
Data-based decision making has been the mantra of the school reform movement since the late 1980s, but California does not yet have an effective system for collecting and using vital school information. California has taken a number of steps to address this shortcoming. These include the Public School Accountability Act of 1999 and Senate bills…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Information Systems, Data Collection, Accountability
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