Case study
Policy brief

The Changing Role of County Offices of Education

Survey Results
Changing Role of County Offices of Education
David N. Plank
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Daniel C. Humphrey
Independent Education Consultant
Jennifer O'Day
American Institutes for Research


In this brief we summarize findings from three surveys that sought to learn how county offices of education (COEs) are changing in response to the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Statewide System of Support (SSS). COEs have been assigned critically important responsibilities in the implementation of these initiatives, and our survey results suggest that most county superintendents are strongly supportive of the state’s new policy direction. They are increasingly aware of the scale of change that will have to occur to fully implement the LCFF and the SSS, both in the organization and operation of their own COEs and in their relationships with other agencies, and they recognize that full implementation remains a work in progress.
Suggested citationPlank, D., Humphrey, D. C., & O’Day, J. (2019, December). The changing role of county offices of education: Survey results [Policy brief]. Policy Analysis for California Education.