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This policy brief is based on an extended
analysis of 8th grade mathematics placements in the 303 California
schools that participated in our 2010 Gaining
Ground in ... Read more February 2011
This 20-page report describes the Common Core State
Standards Initiative and the issues California
may consider in deciding whether to adopt them.
This 20-page report provides an overview of the education components of the federal stimulus package and where California stands in relation to its requirements.
This report provides a thorough and balanced look at California's debate about when students should be required to take Algebra I and how to assure that they have a ... Read more May 2009
Two-page executive summary of EdSource's publication Algebra Policy in California: Great Expectations and Serious Challenges.
This guide explains why it is important for students to learn algebra in high school and what parents can do to support their success.
Esta guía explica a los padres y a los estudiantes porque los educadores consideran el aprender el álgebra algo tan importante.
This report discusses the current status of California’s education data system, including CALPADS and CALTIDES.
This report explores some of the factors that explain why the NAEP and CST tests yield different but valuable portraits of student achievement.
This report looks at current projections for California's workforce needs in serveral important science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
This summary highlights the education requirements of some of the state's fastest-growing occupations and looks at math and science performance and enrollment data for ... Read more January 2008
This report explores three leverage points related to high school curriculum.
This 2-page summary highlights three levers that state policymakers and local schools can use to strengthen high school curriculum.
This report looks at the history of the state's interventions programs.
This brief explains the selection and funding processes for QEIA, California's K-12 intervention program.
This guide provides a handy reference to help you understand state and federal accountability program terminology.
This report describes the history and status of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and addresses its key issues.
Two years before the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became law, California passed its own Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA).
This guide describes the measures state officials use to evaluate schools and school districts, explaining what they are and what they indicate.
This brief provides basic background on how career and technical education is changing and its current status and scope in California.
This parent guide describes California's mathematics standards and the reasoning behind them.
This summary of EdSource's report, School Finance 2003–04: State Budget Woes Reverberate Through K–12 Education, highlights the ... Read more November 2003
This Evaluation Brief summarizes the main findings and implications of the legislatively mandated, independent evaluation of the Public School Accountability Act.
This report, based on the National Education Association's Rankings and Estimates, 2002–03, ... Read more August 2003
This Q&A explains the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and explores the state's decision to postpone the requirement to pass the exam. Also available in ... Read more August 2003
This Q&A explains the STAR program and discusses its impact on schools and students. August 2003
This publication provides a comprehensive profile of California’s original Decile 1 and 2 schools, as ranked on the Academic Performance Index. The report ... Read more February 2003
This brief summarizes the February 2003 EdSource report, California's Lowest Performing Schools: who they are, the challenges they face, and how ... Read more February 2003
This report details how much funding K–12 education was expected to receive overall for 2002–03, how those funds were to be allocated by the state, and ... Read more November 2002
This special version of the executive summary for the four-year study of class size reduction in California by the CSR Consortium contains additional graphs and ... Read more October 2002
This report summarizes California's standards-based reform efforts through 2002 and looks at what was in store, including possible impacts of the federal No Child Left ... Read more October 2002
How well is California doing? Using data and graphs, this 20-page report, written in 2002, zeros in on student achievement in areas such as English language arts and ... Read more June 2002
This issue brief explores the use of longitudinally linked data and how such a system would benefit California.
This issue brief on the work of the state's Joint Master Plan Committee describes the committee's original recommendations and the process for public input about the ... Read more April 2002
This report covers the issues and state policies regarding citizenship education.
This 24-page report, published in 2002, examines the focus on out-of-school programs as a way to help improve California students' academic achievement. It also looks at ... Read more February 2002
This October 2001 report, filled with charts and graphs, examines how California compares with other states in such things as education spending, teacher salaries, and ... Read more October 2001
This June 2001 report examines California's high-stakes testing, including an analysis of high-stakes testing by researchers and a debate on its pros and cons. June 2001
This brief, published in June 2001, looks at CSIS (California School Information Services Program), which was created to assemble, summarize, and safely transmit ... Read more June 2001
This report discusses the responses of more than 600 middle and high school principals to a December 2000 EdSource survey on the progress they are making toward adopting ... Read more May 2001
This report summarizes the findings of a January 2001 EdSource survey of California high school and middle school principals.
This report describes the changing nature of responsibilities for principals and superintendents, the possible causes for decreasing numbers of applicants for these key ... Read more March 2001
This report summarizes California's efforts to address the challenges of teacher supply and quality that are key to the state's school reform efforts.
This guide provides impartial, factual answers to frequently asked questions about the exam.
This report with multiple graphs analyzes the results of the STAR testing program in 2000. Despite overall positive results, the scores reveal facts that demand ... Read more November 2000
This explanation of the state's complex testing system gives a deeper understanding of the meaning and usefulness of STAR results.
This brief analyzes the results of the October 2000 API (Academic Performance Index) listing and growth statistics for California's K–12 public schools. October 2000
Our annual update of the state's education budget and key legislative decisions for the 2000–01 school year examines funding plans for assessment and ... Read more October 2000
Had voters passed it, Proposition 38 would have provided tax-free scholarships (vouchers) for private school tuition to the parents of all California K–12 ... Read more September 2000
Updated materials about the STAR program can be found in our main catalog of publications. This guide on California's STAR program remains in our ... Read more September 2000
This brief is a review one year after adoption of the state’s accountability act (PSAA) and its three major components: the Academic Performance Index (API); the ... Read more May 2000
Read how California’s accountability policies in the year 2000 stacked up against those in other states in this summary of the proceedings at the 23rd annual ... Read more May 2000
Would additional funding help California's schools improve student achievement? Just how much funding would be adequate—and where would it best be spent—for ... Read more April 2000
This is an executive summary of our in-depth report, published in April 2000, on school funding adequacy in California. April 2000
This eight-page report, which focuses on 1997–98 statistics, includes state-by-state data on expenditures, teacher salaries, sources of school revenue, and ... Read more March 2000
This report looks at the nuts and bolts of the Academic Performance Index (API) ranking system as well as the potential promise and pitfalls of classifying schools in ... Read more January 2000
This data-rich report explores some intriguing information and questions revealed by the 1999 results of California's standardized testing program, STAR. The report ... Read more October 1999
This September 1999 overview of the 1999 accountability law and regulations includes an explanation of the Academic Performance Index (API) as well as the intervention ... Read more September 1999
This June 1999 report offers an extensive examination of the challenges facing high schools in California.
This April 1999 report looks at how teacher evaluation and professional development can improve teacher quality.
This report summarizes EdSource's spring 1998 conference on accountability, focusing on what several prominent education experts and school district superintendents ... Read more June 1998
Finding space for the growing student population presented an enormous challenge. This report explains the dimensions of the problem.
This data-rich report explores some intriguing information and questions revealed by the 1999 results of California's standardized testing program, STAR. The report ... Read more
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