Conditions of Education in California

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:22am

With the creation and implementation of a data monitoring military survey module, school districts now have the ability to make data-driven determinations of evidence-based best practices that will help them create safer school environments, especially for their military students.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 8:16am

AB 1750 would require California’s Instructional Quality Commission to “identify model programs, standards, and curricula relating to ethnic studies at the high school level” in order to pave the way for ethnic studies coursework in California’s high schools. An analysis of research on the impact of ethnic students, published by the National Education Association, can help policy makers consider implications of this bill.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:08am

Even within districts, many schools – whether because they are situated in less geographically desirable locations, because they serve the most disadvantaged student populations, or a combination of these factors – are likely to experience a shortage of applicants. Thus, targeted efforts to direct a larger number of qualified applicants to hard-to-staff schools could have important benefits.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:19am

A charter school network based on high expectations and increased time in school shows positive effects on middle-school test achievement, although it is less clear whether that success can be replicated in other schools.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 8:12am

Analysis of an independent student coaching service suggests that individualized student coaching can help address many of the challenges that lead college students to leave school.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:46am

Kindergarten and first grade students tend to have more problem behaviors and lower social skills when in classrooms with greater numbers of classmates with disabilities; however, there are also several school factors that can mitigate this impact.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:09am

Out-of-school programs designed for low-income youth can help students develop their technology skills, promote access to information, and assist in their development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Recent research investigates the characteristics of programs that are likely to be more effective in attracting, retaining and positively influencing the academic achievement of high school youth.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 1:59pm

A relatively large share of high school graduates who are accepted to college and intend to enroll, nevertheless fail to matriculate. Researchers find that this post-graduation summer ‘melt’ can be greatly reduced with simple, low-cost interventions.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:30am

Despite concerns about student preparation in STEM fields, time for science instruction in elementary grades has been steadily falling since the early 1990’s. Average science instructional time in California falls well below the national average which may explain our poor performance on national science tests.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 9:41am

Evidence from Chicago suggests that when schools are given greater autonomy over budgets and other reform areas, it may take time for school leaders to learn how best to use their new freedom, and policymakers should not expect immediate gains.

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