New Reports

Cameron Sublett, Russell Rumberger

This report examines high school graduation rates in California. It reviews the various approaches to calculating high school graduation rates, focusing on the challenges and limitations of the most widely used rate, the Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR).

Julia E. Koppich

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) ushered in a new era for California education policy. Enacted in 2013, the LCFF shifted control of most education dollars from the state to local school districts, allowing them to determine how to allocate their resources to best meet the needs of the students in their community. The LCFF also made it a matter of state policy to shine a spotlight on educational inequities and try to give districts the wherewithal to level the playing field for students who too often are left behind.

Upcoming events

Ilana Umansky, University of Oregon Lucrecia Santibañez, Claremont Graduate University Christine Snyder, Claremont Graduate University
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento - 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University Jesse Levin, American Institutes for Research
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento - 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Continuous improvement

Projects

  • This work documents the important collaboration between LEAs, higher education segments, workforce groups, and community organizations to improve college and labor market outcomes across California communities.

  • College and career readiness is at the heart of California’s State Standards. This project examines many aspects of these standards, including how well they correlate with measures of postsecondary success across the State’s three segments of higher education.

  • The Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative (LCFFRC) brings together a diverse set of policy experts who, since 2014, have been documenting implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California’s pathbreaking finance and governance system.

  • Calls for “continuous improvement” in California’s K-12 education system are central to current discussions about school improvement in the state. This project seeks to define continuous improvement both in theory and in practice and support it at all levels of the system.

  • This research partnership is focused on producing research that informs continuous improvement in the CORE Districts and policy and practice in California and beyond.

  • How does the public view California’s schools and education policy effectiveness? Do voters understand the challenges that California faces, and are they prepared to make the tough choices and tradeoffs that potential solutions entail?

  • Getting Down to Facts II provides in-depth analysis of the state education system as of 2018 and looks at what is working well and where improvement is still needed. The report’s findings are contained in 35 separate studies thoroughly researched by over 100 leading academics from top research institutions across California and the United States.

Policy Analysis for California Education

 
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is an independent, non-partisan research center led by faculty directors at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of California Davis, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California Berkeley. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. PACE bridges the gap between research and policy, working with scholars from California’s leading universities and with state and local policymakers to increase the impact of academic research on educational policy in California.

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