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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
Reardon, Sean F.; Doss, Christopher; Gagné, Josh; Gleit, Rebecca; Johnson, Angela; Sosina, Victoria – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
How are California's students doing? And are all groups of students receiving the same opportunities for educational success? How do patterns of educational outcomes in California compare to those in other states, and how have they changed in the last decade? In this study, the authors seek to provide a portrait of the state of educational…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Standardized Tests
Strunk, Katharine O.; Marsh, Julie A.; Bruno, Paul – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
In nearly every state across the country there has been recent legislative or judicial activity aimed at amending policies that shape the quality of the teacher labor force (e.g., Marianno, 2015). At the heart of this recent legislative and judicial action is the desire to attract and retain a high-quality teacher for every classroom. Good policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Preservice Teacher Education
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
Hough, Heather; Kalogrides, Demetra; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, through which Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has partnered with the CORE districts to conduct research designed to support them in continuous improvement while simultaneously helping to improve policy and practice in California and nationwide.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Environment, Accountability
Hough, Heather; Kalogrides, Demetra; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
The research featured in this paper is part of the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, through which Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has partnered with the CORE districts to conduct research designed to support them in continuous improvement while simultaneously helping to improve policy and practice in California and nationwide.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Environment, Accountability
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)
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
Luschei, Tom – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
Despite California's great wealth, child poverty places a drag on the state's educational performance. Disadvantaged children--including English learners, foster children, and the poor--do not receive the educational attention and services that they require to be successful. Although California's Local Control Funding Formula recognizes this…
Descriptors: Poverty, Disadvantaged Youth, Equal Education, Educational Equity (Finance)
Valentino, Rachel; Stipek, Deborah J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
Empirical evidence that horizontal alignment of policies and practices from preschool through the early elementary grades sustains the effects of quality preschool and contributes to children's learning is scarce, as discussed above, but there are nevertheless good reasons to expect benefits to such alignment. Moreover, many districts and schools…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Preschool Education, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
"PreK-3 Alignment in California's Education System: Obstacles and Opportunities" by Rachel Valentino and Deborah J. Stipek reviews the opportunities and challenges that must be addressed to better align PreK-3 education in California. The report describes policies and practices that districts have implemented to strengthen alignment, and…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Preschool Education, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education
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
Marsh, Julie; Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Hough, Heather – 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: Capacity Building, Accountability, School Districts, Measurement
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