PACE Seminar Series 2016-2017
Policymakers and educators at all levels of California’s education system are wrestling with the virtually simultaneous implementation of four radically new and promising policy initiatives: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); computer adaptive assessments developed by the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium; the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF); and a new accountability system that focuses on Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) and a multi measure evaluation rubric rather than the traditional Academic Performance Index (API) scores. With policy innovation come new opportunities for inquiry and learning as well as new responsibilities to ensure that the reforms benefit students.
As California moves toward a new and very different education system, the value of hard evidence on policy impacts and rigorous analysis of policy alternatives has never been greater. PACE seminars bring California’s leading education researchers together with policymakers for an informed discussion of the many issues facing California’s education system, and for thoughtful analysis of the difficult policy choices facing our state. Our 2016-2017 Sacramento seminar series will feature presentations on critical issues ranging from innovations in California’s new accountability system to the impact of remediation reforms implemented to address persistence rates and achievement in the California State University system. A key feature of this year’s series is the opportunity to participate in PACE’s inaugural Research and Policy Conference on Friday January 27, 2017.
Heather Hough, PACE
Noah Bookman, CORE Districts
Rick Miller, CORE Districts
Thomas Timar, University of California, Davis Arun Ramanathan, Pivot Learning Partners Allison Carter, Pivot Learning Partners
Morgan Polikoff, University of Southern California
Emily Penner, University of California, Irvine
Bruce Fuller, University of California, Berkeley Joonho Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Dan Humphrey, Independent Consultant Julia Koppich, Koppich and Associates Magaly Lavadenz, Loyola Marymount University Julie Marsh, University of Southern California Jennifer O’Day, American Institutes of Research
Michal Kurlaender, University of California, Davis