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Jaffe, Louise – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics are intended to provide all students in California with the knowledge and skills required to transition from high school to college-level coursework. This implementation will take time. Concurrent with these efforts, policymakers and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, College Mathematics, College Readiness
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
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
Kirst, Mike W. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
The full policy implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts K-12 are just beginning to unfold across the 45 states (and DC) that are working to implement them. The CCSS will impact almost all key state education policies in fundamental ways. As was learned from the 1990-2005 era of systemic…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, State Policy, Language Arts, Mathematics 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
Darche, Svetlana; Stern, David – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
There is widespread agreement on the goal of preparing every high school student for both postsecondary education and a lifetime of fulfilling work, that every graduate should be "college and career ready." The authors' view is that career readiness and college readiness entail many of the same skills, bodies of knowledge, and…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, College Readiness, High Schools, High School Students
Kerchner, Charles Taylor – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
Internet-related technology has the capacity to change the learning production system in three important ways. First, it creates the capacity to move from the existing batch processing system of teaching and learning to a much more individualized learning system capable of matching instructional style and pace to a student's needs. Second,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Policy, Individualized Instruction, Internet
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
In this policy brief, Heather Hough and Susanna Loeb examine the effect of the Quality Teacher and Education Act of 2008 (QTEA) on teacher recruitment, retention, and overall teacher quality in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). They provide evidence that a salary increase can improve a school district's attractiveness within their…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Incentives, Educational Policy, Teacher Recruitment
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
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
Saultz, Andrew – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
In this working paper, Andrew Saultz of Michigan State University inventories the current landscape of technology programs available for middle school math. The working paper is not intended as a "consumers' guide" to technology programs, and the descriptions of some specific programs are not fully accurate or current. Readers who are interested…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology
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
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
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