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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
de Velasco, Jorge Ruiz; Gonzales, Daisy – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
California's alternative education options for youth vulnerable to dropping out of school have been established at different historical points and for different student age and target populations. For purposes of this brief, "alternative school" is defined as belonging to one of six legislatively authorized types of public (non-charter)…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Alignment (Education)
Koppich, Julia E.; Humphrey, Daniel C. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
In California as elsewhere, state policy anticipates that aspiring teachers will follow a uniform, multistep path into the profession. It assumes they will complete a preparation program and earn a preliminary credential, take a teaching job and be assigned probationary status, complete a two-year induction program (the Beginning Teacher Support…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher 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
Polikoff, Morgan S.; McEachin, Andrew – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
The Academic Performance Index (API) is the centerpiece of California's state assessment and accountability system. With the recent passage of SB1458 and the pending reauthorization of both state and federal accountability legislation, there is now an unprecedented opportunity to improve the API for next generation accountability in California. In…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Accountability, State Legislation
Goldstein, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
Teacher evaluation has emerged as a potentially powerful policy lever in state and federal debates about how to improve public education. The role of student test scores and "value-added" measures in teacher evaluation has generated intense public controversy, but other approaches to evaluation including especially classroom observations…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Observation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Standards
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California's education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students. The…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, State Legislation, Educational Policy
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
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
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
Hough, Heather J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy brief reviews the recent experience of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with the development and approval of Proposition A. Proposition A (also known as the Quality Teacher and Education Act, or QTEA) included a parcel tax mainly dedicated to increasing teachers' salaries, along with a variety of measures introducing…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Tax Effort