Through research and by exploring practices and policies that work and identifying those that don’t, we aim to provide the information and tools necessary to improve and maximize the educational experience for all students, pre-K through college.
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We focus on reforms in the following Critical Areas:
As districts and communities begin implementing the Local Control Funding Formula, the state must ensure the new law is not just about local control and flexibility, but also— and most importantly—about educational justice. The supplemental and concentration grants must be used to increase and improve services for low-income, English learner, and foster youth students at their school sites. Districts must engage parents as true partners in spending decisions and report expenditures down to the school level in a way that is transparent to all stakeholders. Click here to read more.
State leaders must streamline our systems of accountability and maintain a focus on strong student results. An accountability system that fragmented, that contains too many indicators, and that drifts away from a focus on student academic achievement will risk confusing stakeholders and fracturing the public’s understanding of school success. Click here to read more.
California must incentivize its best college graduates, particularly in fields such as science and math, to select teaching as a career. To close gaps in students’ access to great teachers, we must ensure that districts attract and retain our very best teachers in our highest need schools. To transform the teaching profession, district and state policies must guarantee that every teacher receives a high-quality, multiple-measure evaluation every year. And state policymakers must eliminate bureaucratic laws such as seniority-based layoffs that ignore teaching effectiveness and disproportionally destabilize high-need schools. Click here to read more.
For students to gain the deeper knowledge embedded in the new standards, districts must support teachers in transforming their instructional practices and must ensure every student is taught using rigorous, high-quality instructional materials. For every child to succeed in our increasingly technological world and succeed on new computer-adaptive assessments, district and state leaders must secure the technology for the Smarter Balanced
assessments, close the digital divide, and expand access to promising new instructional strategies such as blended learning. In the coming year, education leaders must inform families and other stakeholders in California’s many diverse communities about the new education standards, and the state must evaluate and monitor the implementation process. Click here to read more.