Improving Education from the Inside

How do local school officials and state policy makers make great decisions when it comes to improving schools? The answer (in a nutshell) is, "Praise the facts".

In this podcast of School's In from Stanford Radio, Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer, speak with Heather Hough, PhD, the Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), on putting evidence in the hands of decision makers. Dan starts the conversation by asking, “We produce research that is innovative and changes lives but how do we get it out there?” and “How do we affect policy”.

The conversation, Improving Education from the Inside, identifies the value and challenges of getting the best evidence and information to officials to enable better decisions on school improvement. Featured in the conversation is PACE’s Getting Down To Facts II (GDTF II), an in-depth research report that serves as a “state of the state,” with the goal of providing a common set of facts to inform discussions and education policy development going forward. For example, preliminary evidence from PACE’s GDTF II indicates that policy shifts in the California’s education system over the past decade has produced benefits in achievement for low-income California students. Also, there report identified support for the new education standards.

PACE now wants to put this evidence into hands of California decision-makers and is working to help decision-makers identify the best ways of engaging with the evidence

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.

Originally aired on SiriusXM on January 19, 2019.

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