Past Events

Jun
10
2010
Topic

Bringing the Common Core to California: A Discussion Morning Presentations. Welcome and Overview by David N. Plank, Executive Director, PACE and Scott Hill, Compliance, Programs and Policy An Introduction to Common Core by Keith Gayler, Program Director, Council of Chief State School Officers The Common Core Standards English/Language Arts by Sue Pimentel, Co-Founder, StandardsWork The Common Core Standards Mathematics by Hung-Hsi Wu, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley Afternoon Panel Discussion. Implementing the Common Core in CA: Reflections on Standards

May
6
2010
Postsecondary Capacity, the Master Plan, and the Role of For-Profit and Private Institution
Topic

California participates in President Obama’s goal of increasing participation in postsecondary education the state needs to add roughly 100,000 students a year for the next ten years. Public institutions do not have the ability to meet these needs under current fiscal and structural constraints. What might be the role of private and for-profit colleges and universities in meeting the needs of the state? In this seminar, William G. Tierney addresses this question and more.

Apr
27
2010
LAUSD's Quest for Equity, Autonomy, Transparency and Excellence
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This conference cosponsored by PACE and Pivot Learning examines the reform efforts of the Los Angeles Unified School District amidst one of the largest budget crisis known to the district. The panels featured multiple perspectives discussing how resources are allocated to afford greater autonomy for schools, greater budget transparency for the community and greater equity of results for students.

Apr
23
2010
Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors
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In this seminar, Douglas N. Harris discusses the strengths and weaknesses of value-added assessment, both as a means to assess teachers and as a means to assess schools. Harris identifies the strengths and weaknesses of value-added measures, and discusses the errors that are often made in using and interpreting such measures. As a part of a system including other performance measures, Harris concludes that value-added assessments can be used to support progress in CA schools and classrooms.

Apr
16
2010
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In 2005-06 almost half of the pupils in California’s public schools were Latinos, but Latinos only received about 15 percent of the BA degrees awarded by public and private colleges in the state. Texas has a comparable Latino population but does significantly better than California in getting Latino students through college. In this seminar, Martin Carnoy explored the reasons why California’s education system falls short in ensuring post-secondary access and success for Latino students and identifies steps that the state could take to increase the number of four-year college graduates.

Mar
26
2010
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Community colleges are the first point of access to public higher education for many language-minority students who attended CA high schools. These students face language-related challenges that present potential barriers to completing academic goals. Cmmunity colleges struggle to meet the needs of those who do not fit the linguistic profiles of monolingual English-speakers in developmental English courses nor of ESL programs. In this seminar, George Bunch presents his research on language testing and placement policies and practices while discussing implications for policy.

Mar
5
2010
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EdSource, in collaboration with faculty from Stanford University, has conducted a large-scale study of middle grades practices in California and their relationship to student outcomes on 6th-8th grade CSTs in English Language Arts, Math, and Algebra. The analysis was designed to identify practices and policies that differentiate higher from lower performing schools after controlling for student background. This study of the middle grades is the largest of its kind ever conducted and will be discussed by Trish Williams and Mike Kirst in this seminar.

Feb
26
2010
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The Early Assessment Program is an academic preparation program developed by the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and CSU. The stated purpose of the program, now in its fifth year, is to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards in English and mathematics and the requirements and expectations of postsecondary education at the California State University. In this seminar Michal Kurlaender and Jessica Howell discuss how participation in the Early Assessment Program affects college going behavior and the need for remediation in college.

Feb
26
2010
Science for Policy Makers
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Lifting early school achievement depends on the quality of early learning environments—but what do we know about these environments that most effectively stimulate young children’s growth? How can we enrich children’s daily activities? In this seminar, Alison Gropnik and Bruce Fuller discuss key findings on quality, including play, close interactions with caregivers, and exploration—all which have been shown to have lasting effects on children’s development.

Feb
12
2010
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The CAHSEE has been criticized as being unfair to English Learners, special education students and some racial groups, as well as being ineffective in raising student achievement. Some have called for eliminating passage of the CAHSEE as a graduation requirement for CA students. In this seminar, Julian Betts discusses whether the requirement and funding for intervention is helping or hurting students academically, with a focus on who has been failing the exam, how early we can identify students at risk of failing, and when school districts might intervene to help students at risk of failure.

Dec
11
2009
Findings and Policy Implications
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The ADP has sought to strengthen alignment between standards and expectations in K-12 schools and post-secondary education and training. In the first year the ADP has worked toward agreement on a common standard of readiness for non-remedial college coursework across the three segments of California’s higher education system. In this seminar, members of the ADP team discuss progress to date and next steps in the effort to ensure that more California students are prepared for success in college and careers.

Nov
6
2009
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Increasing the percentage of highly qualified teachers in public schools is a priority for California. In this seminar, Lora Bartlett highlights the role overseas trained teachers have played in addressing this goal. She presents data on the number and distribution of overseas trained K-12 teachers in California public schools, highlighting their concentration in high poverty districts and schools. She also examines the implications of different definitions of teacher qualification, and traces connections between education and immigration policy.

Oct
29
2009
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California’s education system continues to struggle to close persistent achievement gaps that often exist at school entry, and the state’s dire fiscal situation certainly doesn’t help. But real progress is possible, even now, as new strategies to build seamless early learning systems are being developed and supported through federal efforts. In this seminar, presenters discussed the critical components of PreK-3rd systems, provided specific examples of how these systems are working locally to improve school readiness in California, and offered up new opportunities for statewide leadership.

May
29
2009
Overhauling California’s System of School Finance
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Spurred by court rulings requiring states to increase public school funding, the U.S. now spends more per student on K-12 education than almost any other country. In this seminar, Eric Hanushek concludes the principal focus of both courts and legislatures on ever-increasing funding has done little to improve student achievement. Hanushek proposes a performance-based system that directly links funding to success in raising achievement. This system would empower and motivate educators to make better, more cost-effective decisions on running schools, leading to improved student performance.

May
22
2009
Improving Schools Within Budget Constraints
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As CA continues to wrestle with the challenges of providing sufficient funding for schools, understanding the relationships among school funding, effective school resources, and outcomes is essential. In this seminar Norton Grubb addresses four principal questions: (1) What kinds of school resources make a difference to outcomes? (2) Why is the relationship between spending per student and outcomes so weak? (3) Why are outcomes so inequitable? (4) And what should CA do now, in both school finance and other areas of school policy, to avoid further damage to the state’s education system?

May
8
2009
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As part of the Legislature’s February 2009 budget revisions, school districts were granted more flexibility in the use of some categorical grants. These actions offer an exceptional opportunity to reform California’s confusing system of categorical grants. This seminar provides an overview of the purposes of categorical grants pertaining to local v. state control over the use of educational resources to improve student performance. Lawrence O. Picus offers suggestions for ways California’s myriad of confusing categorical programs can be reformed to focus on student learning.

Apr
24
2009
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In this seminar, Sean Reardon and Michal Kuraender will present student-level data from four large California school districts was used to examine the impact of the California High School Exit Examination exam on student achievement and graduation rates. In particular, they focus of the effects of failing vs. passing the CAHSEE in 10th grade on the subsequent achievement and graduation rate of students with relatively low math and ELA skills.

Apr
10
2009
Creating the Best Conditions for Community College Student Success
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California’s community colleges serve nearly three-quarters of public postsecondary enrollments in the state and are critical to meet today’s needs for a highly educated workforce and citizenry. State public policies create the conditions under which the colleges operate to serve students’ needs and contribute to the economy. In this seminar, Nancy Shulock makes the case for supplementing ongoing efforts to increase student success with changes to policies in order to provide more favorable conditions under which the colleges can meet the needs of students and the state of California.

Mar
20
2009
Why Have Accountability and Assessment Policies Failed to Close the Equity Gaps in Higher Education?
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Although policy makers have been talking about and drafting policies to address inequities in student higher education experiences and outcomes for decades, problems of racial-ethnic inequities have proven to be intractable under current accountability and assessment policies. Estela Bensimon and Alicia Dowd discuss research findings from college sites in California and Wisconsin that are using their multi-disciplined approach and tools to help policymakers, leaders, and practitioners make sense of accountability data from the perspective of equity for racial and ethnic minority students.

Feb
13
2009
Implementation and Policy Implications
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American Institutes For Research presents findings from a recent study of the implementation of a weighted student funding system in two California school districts. Researchers will assess how the distribution of resources changed in these two districts after the move to student-based funding, and identify “lessons learned” for other districts and for state policy-makers who are considering more equitable and effective strategies for allocating scarce resources in California’s education system.

Jan
30
2009
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This seminar will feature Isabella Furth, Senior Associate, Viewpoint Learning, and Heidi Gantwerk, Vice President, Viewpoint Learning, discussing a recent project in which they engaged groups of citizens in informed dialogue about the future of California’s K-12 education system and the policy choices that our state faces. Moderated by David N. Plank, Executive Director, PACE.

Jan
23
2009
How to Align Education Resources with Student Learning Goals
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This seminar will feature Jacob Adams, Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University, presenting the findings and recommendations of the National Working Group on Funding Student Learning, with comments by Gerry Shelton, Founder and Partner, Capitol Advisors Group. Moderated by David N. Plank, Executive Director, PACE.

Nov
14
2008
Crafting an Effective Federal Role in School Reform
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This seminar will feature a round-table discussion to assess No Child Left Behind from a variety of perspectives, asking what we have learned since 2001, and can the federal government rethink its historical mission of equalizing education opportunity and results.