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Warren, Paul – Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
As postsecondary education has become increasingly important to California's economy and quality of life, the state has been considering how best to meet student and workforce needs over the long term. State leaders recognize that coordination across educational sectors is crucial to addressing these needs. The now-defunct California Postsecondary…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Coordination, Educational Planning, Statewide Planning
Hill, Laura; Betts, Julian; Hopkins, Megan; Lavadenz, Magaly; Bachofer, Karen; Hayes, Joseph; Lee, Andrew; Murillo, Marco A.; Vahdani, Tara; Zau, Andrew C. – Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
English Learners are an important part of California's K12 student population. Over 40 percent of students in California's K-12 education system speak a language other than English at home. Almost half of these students are considered English Learners (ELs), meaning they require additional language and academic support to succeed in school. In…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Student Needs, Barriers, Second Language Learning
Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
California educates more than 6 million children in its K-12 public schools. More than half of these students are economically disadvantaged. Almost a quarter are English Learners (ELs), compared with fewer than one in ten nationwide. In order to better serve its student population, the state has enacted several reforms in recent years--and state…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Achievement Gap, Accountability
Public Policy Institute of California, 2019
Higher education benefits individuals and the state: college graduates are more likely to be employed and earn higher wages than nongraduates, boosting state tax revenues and reducing pressure on the social safety net. However, California's higher education system is not keeping up with the changing economy. Projections suggest that the state will…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Supply and Demand, Student Costs
Warren, Paul – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
California's K-12 system relies on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) English and mathematics tests to measure student academic progress and assess school and district performance. This report uses publicly available data to explore trends in student performance during the first three years this test has been in place. Key findings…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Language Tests, Achievement Tests, Academic Achievement
Gao, Niu; Adan, Sara; Lopes, Lunna; Lee, Grace – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to transform science teaching and learning in K-12 schools in 2013. The new standards emphasize "three-dimensional learning": disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. They are aligned…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Course Content
Hill, Laura – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
In total, more than 40 percent of the students in California's public schools speak a language other than English at home. In the 2016-17 school year, 21 percent (or more than 1.3 million) of all students were English Learners (ELs). When students who were formerly English Learners are added in, the population of "ever ELs" expands to 38…
Descriptors: Public Schools, English Language Learners, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Characteristics
Jackson, Jacob; Warren, Paul – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
California had a long tradition of very low tuition for students enrolled in public higher education. The state broke with that policy in the 2000s, when recessions resulted in significant cuts to state funding for public colleges and universities--the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California's community…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Public Colleges, Tuition
Baldassare, Mark; Bonner, Dean; Dykman, Alyssa; Lopes, Lunna – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
The PPIC (Public Policy Institute of California) Statewide Survey provides a voice for the public and likely voters--informing policymakers, encouraging discussion, and raising awareness on critical issues of the day. This 14th annual survey involved interviewing 1,704 California adults between March 25-April 3, 2018. Findings include: (1) Most…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Weapons, Violence
Mejia, Marisol Cuellar; Rodriguez, Olga; Johnson, Hans; Brooks, Bonnie – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
California's community colleges are in the midst of numerous reforms to improve developmental (also known as remedial or basic skills) education. Developmental education is supposed to help prepare students for college work, but it has long been an obstacle to student success: most students in developmental courses never go on to complete a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Developmental Studies Programs, English Instruction
Rodriguez, Olga; Cuellar Mejia, Marisol; Johnson, Hans – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
Each year about a quarter million students enroll for the first time in English and math courses in California's community colleges. The vast majority of these students are placed in developmental (or remedial) courses from which relatively few emerge and go on to achieve their educational goals. Indeed, most never complete a transfer-level course…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics
Jackson, Jacob; Warren, Paul – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
California had a long tradition of very low tuition for students enrolled in public higher education. The state broke with that policy in the 2000s, when recessions resulted in significant cuts to state funding for public colleges and universities--the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California's community…
Descriptors: Tuition, Educational Policy, State Policy, Higher Education
Jackson, Jacob; Cook, Kevin – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
Higher education is a key driver of economic mobility and future growth in California. Yet there is much unknown about how students advance from K-12 schools to postsecondary education and into the workforce--and where they falter. This lack of knowledge stems from the fragmented nature of California's education data and inhibits informed decision…
Descriptors: Data Use, Information Systems, Longitudinal Studies, State Programs
Baldassare, Mark; Bonner, Dean; Dykman, Alyssa; Lopes, Lunna – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Statewide Survey delivers objective, advocacy-free information on the perceptions, opinions, and public policy preferences of California residents. PPIC invites input, comments, and suggestions from policy and public opinion experts and from its own advisory committee, but survey methods, questions,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Paying for College, Public Opinion
Johnson, Hans; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar; Bohn, Sarah – Public Policy Institute of California, 2018
California has great wealth but also one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. The ability of Californians to move up the income ladder often depends on acquiring the education and skills needed for higher-paying jobs. But despite the state's increasingly knowledge-based economy, too few Californians are earning a college degree. This report…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Mobility, Occupational Mobility, Academic Degrees
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