Jason Willis

Jason Willis
Jason Willis
Director of Strategy & Performance in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP),

Jason Willis is the director of strategy and performance in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd. He oversees CSAP’s performance and accountability practice, which helps states and school districts align their policies, strategies, and accountability practices to achieve more equitable education outcomes. Willis has worked with states, national education organizations, and commissions (including the states of Maryland, Louisiana, California, Kansas; the National Governor’s Association; and the National Equity and Excellence) to develop funding and accountability systems. Willis has previously served as the assistant superintendent of community engagement and accountability for the San Jose Unified School District, the chief financial officer at the Stockton Unified School District, and budget director at the Oakland Unified School District. He received his master’s in education policy and finance from Teachers College, Columbia University.

updated 2020

Publications by Jason Willis
A Summary Brief
California and the rest of the country are enduring a pandemic-induced economic recession, and school and district leaders are bracing for the fallout. Funding for California schools had improved rapidly between 2013 and 2019, with districts…
What Do We Know?
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 1, 2013, represents the first comprehensive change in the state’s education funding system in 40 years. The LCFF eliminates nearly all categorical funding streams…
Under emerging policy structures in California, the responsibility for school improvement is increasingly placed upon local school districts, with County Offices of Education (COEs) playing a critical support role. In this system, districts are…
Calls for “continuous improvement” in California’s K-12 education system are central to current discussions about school improvement in the state. Yet, definitions of continuous improvement vary, and knowledge of what continuous improvement looks…