• Even though charter schools were founded as places where autonomy and innovation would flourish, the flexibility granted to charter school operators has not automatically been extended to its teaching force. A recent case study of charter school teachers who chose to unionize provides important lessons for teachers and management of other charter schools.

  • A new study of California teachers and principals shows that policies and programs that focus on sexual orientation and gender identity are linked to lower bullying, especially in schools that need it the most.

  • The role of school counseling site supervisors is critical for the professional development of school counseling interns, yet very few counselors have received training for this important work. Our survey of 220 practicing school counselor intern supervisors in California revealed that the majority of respondents feel unprepared for this role, and are interested in more training and support. Results suggest an opportunity for counselor education programs to collaborate with school counselors to close this training gap.

  • Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a growing interest in the potential for school-based interventions that target executive function to improve academic achievement. Such approaches have a great deal of intuitive appeal.  However, a review of the literature finds that while there is a moderate unconditional association between executive function and achievement, to date, there is no strong evidence that a causal association between the two exists.

  • Community college use a variety of ways to identify students’ readiness for college-level math courses. Recent research evaluates tools for diagnostic testing and using different test score cut-offs.

  • States and school districts across the nation have recently revised and implemented new teacher evaluation systems. Under these new systems, the majority of a teacher’s evaluation rating depends on observations of classroom practice. Our research identifies the potential of more rigorous, observation-based teacher evaluations for improving teaching practice and, ultimately, student outcomes. But improving the capacity of observers to effectively evaluate teachers requires a substantive investment of time and resources.

  • Conditions of Education is taking a brief break from research this week to say thank you to all the amazing people who work so hard to improve education in California. To the teachers, administrators and staff whose daily work benefits us all, and to the practitioners, researchers, staffers, legislators, think-tankers, policy wonks and advocates who  contribute to education policy in Sacramento and across the state: thank you. We wish a safe and happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  • There are significant differences in school climate experiences among various student subgroups within California middle schools, and a significant relationship between the racial climate gap and racial achievement gaps.

  • Using evidence-based programs to provide physical activity in the classroom appears to be a promising strategy for supporting a sufficient amount of physical activity during school.

  • Recent study compares spending patterns for charter schools and traditional schools in California.


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