PACE in the News

  • EdSource

    California’s 336 local and county charter school authorizers, plus the State Board of Education, face greater standards and oversight in determining whether to approve charters, under recommendations proposed by a state task force, according to an EdSource article. The report cites a study in PACE’s Getting Down to Facts II research initiative that raises concerns about school districts’ capacity to adequately assess charter applications.

  • EdSource

    College affordability is a top concern for voters throughout California, but the problem is most profound for African Americans and residents living in rural areas of the state, according to a poll of 2,000 California voters by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the USC Rossier School of Education.

  • This Month in SEL

    Transforming Education and Policy Analysis for California Education partnered to analyze data from over 500,000 students across 8 districts in California. This brief provides benchmarking data that is designed to allow practitioners to compare their aggregated data across grade levels and subgroups, better supporting their efforts to make inferences about their students’ social-emotional competencies and mindset development.

  • EdSource

    California’s new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, is creating 13 work groups to identify and recommend strategies for addressing some of the state’s thorniest education challenges. The work groups will address the challenges identified in a study issued last fall as part of Getting Down to Facts II, a project coordinated by Stanford University and the research nonprofit Policy Analysis for California Education, or PACE.

  • EdSource

    For California districts already grappling with teacher shortages, high housing costs pose one more obstacle to hiring. Many districts can’t find enough fully credentialed teachers to fill their classrooms, according to the “Getting Down to Facts II” education research project released last year.

  • California's school pension funding plan is working

    In this EdSource Commentary, Grant Boyken, public affairs executive officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), states, “CalSTRS’ dedication to act as fiduciaries on behalf of California’s teachers requires that we correct the record to assure our members, stakeholders and the public that the CalSTRS Funding Plan is working and to argue strenuously for the defined-benefit pension as the best choice for career educators”.

  • EdSource

    A small group of advocates for equitable school construction asks why wealthier school districts keep getting the most state building aid. The group has been examining how school districts with small tax bases and low-income families can get a bigger share of state funding to upgrade school facilities. Now, they say, there is an opportunity to make that happen.

    The biggest question is whether the state should change the current “first-come first-served” system of matching grants to districts to one that targets money to the neediest districts.

  • EdSource

    CSU is considering requiring a fourth year of high school math of all freshmen applicants. While advocates for this change say that requiring four years of high school math will make more students ready to tackle mandatory college math courses and improve CSU’s graduation rates, critics fear the possible harmful impact on underprepared students in low-income and high schools already struggling to find enough math teachers.

  • 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.


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