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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
Public Policy Institute of California, 2017
California's higher education system is not keeping up with the economy's changing needs, and California stands to face a large skills gap by 2030--it will be 1.1 million workers with bachelor's degrees short of economic demand. Closing the gap will require increasing the number of degrees awarded by every higher education sector in the state. New…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Bachelors Degrees, Labor Market, Educational Attainment
Gao, Niu; Johnson, Hans – Public Policy Institute of California, 2017
Far too many California students are falling off the pathway to and through college. At current rates of high school and college completion, only about 30 percent of California 9th graders will earn a bachelor's degree, a rate that is insufficient for an economy that increasingly demands more highly educated workers. In this study, the authors…
Descriptors: Access to Education, High School Students, High Schools, College Readiness
Rodriguez, Olga; Johnson, Hans; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar; Brooks, Bonnie – Public Policy Institute of California, 2017
The goal of developmental education (also known as remedial or basic skills education) is to help students acquire the skills they need to be successful in college courses, but its track record is poor. In fact, it is one of the largest impediments to student success in California's community colleges. Many students do need additional work to be…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Remedial Mathematics, Curriculum Development, Statistics
Ugo, Iwunze; Hill, Laura – Public Policy Institute of California, 2017
The second year of California's statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced assessment allows parents, educators, and policymakers a second look at achievement and a first look at growth for K-12 students as measured by this standardized test. This report describes how California's students performed on the second year of the assessment…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Assessment
Johnson, Hans; Cook, Kevin; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar – Public Policy Institute of California, 2017
California needs 1.1 million more workers with bachelor's degrees by 2030 to keep up with economic demand. More college graduates would mean higher incomes, greater economic mobility, more tax revenue, and less demand for social services. In addressing this projected shortfall, three regions will play an especially critical role: Los Angeles…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Bachelors Degrees, Economic Factors, Income
Warren, Paul – Public Policy Institute of California, 2016
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), enacted in 2013, simplified the state's K-12 financial system and increased funding for low-income, English Learner, and foster care students. This is the second report examining the implementation of the LCFF. In 2015, the Public Policy Institute of California published "Implementing Local…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability, Counties, Public Agencies
Gao, Niu – Public Policy Institute of California, 2016
Recognizing the educational and economic benefits of a college degree, education policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels have made college preparation a priority. There are many ways to measure college readiness, but one key component is rigorous high school coursework. California has not yet adopted a statewide college readiness…
Descriptors: College Readiness, High School Students, Required Courses, Racial Differences
Mejia, Marisol Cuellar; Rodriguez, Olga; Johnson, Hans – Public Policy Institute of California, 2016
In its current form, developmental education may be one of the largest impediments to success in California's community colleges. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students are deemed underprepared for college and placed into developmental (also known as remedial or basic-skills) courses. Yet most never earn a degree or certificate, or transfer…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Readiness
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