PACE in the News

  • Crunchbase News

    An article about Vallejo, California-based iMod Structures, cites the September 2018 Getting Down to Facts II report, Financing School Facilities in California: A Ten-Year Perspective, that found that, “California school districts need to spend between $3.1 billion and $4.1 billion annually just to maintain their existing facilities.

  • EdSource

    Since 2015, CORE (California Office to Reform Education) school districts have been doing districtwide surveys to measure students’ social and emotional learning (SEL).

    This is the first time social and emotional learning has been measured at scale, said Heather Hough, Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a nonprofit research organization. Researchers are starting to gather enough data to quantify links between the social and emotional aspects of students’ education and their academic achievement.

  • Education Week

    Despite progress on state accountability plans, the myriad of plans and the painstaking nature of their rollout make it difficult for those in the education policy world to paint a comprehensive picture of how states and district leaders are—or are not—holding schools accountable for how well they serve students.

  • Another push to expand use of SAT in California amid criticism of test

    SAT or not SAT? What’s the best way to assess California 11th graders’ readiness for college? In this EdSource article, journalist John Fensterwald describes the range of opinions on this important issue. Some families feel that the SAT “perpetuate the opportunity gap,” and resent families who can afford SAT coaching and test prep and, in the extreme, commit crimes to get children into prestigious colleges. Some District superintendents view a free and universal SAT as a great equalizer, vital to qualifying more low-income and minority students for college.

  • EdSource

    California school expenses for employee pensions on average doubled to about $1,000 per student over the past four years according to newly released state data. Those increases will continue to rise for two more years. The Legislature mandated the increases, partly to make up for the sharp decline in the value of the pension funds for school employees and other public workers during the Great Recession in 2008.

  • CALmatters

    California lawmakers are feeling pressure to respond to a nationwide cheating scheme that cuts at the heart of higher education’s legitimacy. This pressure wasbest expressed as California Assembly Member Kevin McCarty asked the question that’s been reverberating since the story broke last week. “How do we reassure the public that the system is not totally rigged?”

  • EdSource

    State Policies to Advance English Learners’ Experiences and Outcomes in California’s Schools, one of 36 reports in Getting Down to Facts II, cited in EdSource article by Zaidee Stavely on new training resources supporting California preschool teachers to help bilingual children prepare for kindergarten.

  • The Conversation

    Is the college admissions process about merit?

    In a recent article from The Conversation, USC researchers Morgan Polikoff, Jerome Lucido, and Julie Renee Posselt, state that “merit” is more complicated than the public thinks. For universities, building a student body is not only about identifying the most academically accomplished students. Universities also rely on offices of admissions to protect their financial bottom lines and to project a certain image.

  • California Collaborative for Educational Excellence

    PACE research is featured in a repository on chronic absenteeism created by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). The collaborative offers toolkits, materials and other resources.

  • Anthony Reardon, Speaker of the California Assembly

    The California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education released its draft recommendations which quotes PACE’s Getting Down to Facts II report, Early Childhood Education in California.


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