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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
Linquanti, Robert; Hakuta, Kenji – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
California's implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and its governing state role in one of the Race to the Top comprehensive academic assessment consortia, present a major opportunity to dig deeply into the challenges of fair and accurate assessment of the academic performance of its English Learners (ELs). Moreover, recent…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, State Standards
Welsh, William; Coghlan, Erin; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Aiming to relieve overcrowded schools operating on multiple tracks, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has invested more than $19 billion to build 130 new facilities over the past decade. District leaders asked researchers at Berkeley to estimate the achievement effects of this massive initiative--benefits that may stem from entering…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Crowding, Educational Environment
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
This report includes three papers that address critical "next generation" issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. None of these topics has received the attention that it deserves in the current debate on assessment…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Measurement, Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing
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
Dauter, Luke; Fuller, Bruce – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
Everyone knows that student achievement often suffers when children and families move, leaving behind their school and neighborhood, yet, in urban districts like Los Angeles, mobility is now encouraged by the development of mixed-markets of diverse schools, including charter, pilot, and magnet schools in. Over 60 new school facilities were opened…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Magnet Schools, Family Characteristics, Educational Facilities
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
Grubb, W. Norton; Boner, Elizabeth; Frankel, Kate; Parker, Lynette; Patterson, David; Gabriner, Robert; Hope, Laura; Schiorring, Eva; Smith, Bruce; Taylor, Richard; Walton, Ian; Wilson, Smokey – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
A previous working paper argued, that, to understand basic skills education, it is necessary to observe classrooms to see what the "instructional triangle" involving the instructor, students, and content is like. This working paper presents the results of observing classes in 13 community colleges. It starts with a conceptualization of…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Community Colleges, Basic Skills, Teaching Methods
Grubb, W. Norton; Boner, Elizabeth; Frankel, Kate; Parker, Lynette; Patterson, David; Gabriner, Robert; Hope, Laura; Schiorring, Eva; Smith, Bruce; Taylor, Richard; Walton, Ian; Wilson, Smokey – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
While increases in remedial education (or basic skills instruction or developmental education) have taken place at several levels of the education and training system, there are reasons for thinking that the issue is particularly acute in community colleges. This introductory working paper divides the problem into two. The first is the high…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Remedial Instruction, College Readiness, Achievement Gap
Newton, Xiaoxia A.; Rivero, Rosario; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
In this paper, we investigate the effects of teacher characteristics and school context on the timing of teachers' decisions to exit schools where they teach. The two-level discrete time survival analysis framework allows for simultaneous examinations of who exits, when, and under what conditions. Our results for a large sample of teachers in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Attitudes
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
Mayo, Andrea – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
The education system in California today is unable to meet the needs of the state's economy or the expectations of its citizens. From school finance to ensuring the quality of teaching, from assessment and accountability to preparing students for college and careers, education policy today in California often works against the best interests of…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Change, Accountability, Public Education
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
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