The Challenges and Opportunities of a Systems Approach to Accountability
David T. Conley, University of Oregon and Founder/President of EdImagine Strategy Group
Moderator: Michal Kurlaender, Associate Professor, School of Education, UC Davis; and PACE Director
Responses: Keric Ashley, Interim Deputy Superintendent, District, School & Innovation Branch, CDE. Jannelle Kubinec, Director of the Comprehensive School Assistance Program, WestEd. Rick Miller, Executive Director of the CORE Districts
Supporting Continuous Improvement in California’s Education System
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Moderator: Samantha Tran, Sr. Managing Director of Education Policy, Children Now Reponses: Sue Burr, California State Board of Education. Rick Simpson, Deputy Chief of Staff to California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Educations
Closing Remarks and Next Steps
Ted Lempert, Children Now
Californians are just now beginning to recognize the scale and impact of recent policy changes in the state’s education system. The simultaneous adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promise large and potentially transformational improvements in the state’s schools and classrooms. Ensuring that these reforms live up to their promise will require educators and policymakers to develop and pursue an integrated, long-term strategy that supports system-wide learning about the effects of policies and practices and continuous improvement at all levels of California’s education system. The engine that will drive this transformation is California’s new accountability system, which is different from the previous accountability system in nearly every important respect. Some key parts of the new system are still under construction, but the broad outline of what it will look like is already clear.
PACE has organized this conference to discuss the changes that are underway in California’s accountability system, and to analyze what they mean for the state’s schools and students. The conference will feature two main presentations, with reaction and discussion by state and local policy leaders.