A Framework for Understanding Educational Governance

The Case of California
Dominic J. Brewer
New York University
Joanna Smith
USC Rossier School of Education

Governance is widely believed to be an important determinant of the effectiveness of educational systems. Yet there are few systematic evaluations of the linkages between educational governance and student outcomes, or cogent frameworks for evaluating the effectiveness of governance arrangements in a way that can guide potential policy changes. This article attempts to provide such a framework by identifying indicators of effective educational governance systems drawn from previous research and more than forty interviews with stakeholders at all levels in California, the nation’s biggest system. The exploratory research presented here is intended to help inform future studies of educational governance.

This article was originally published in Education Finance and Policy by MIT Press.

Suggested citationBrewer, D. J., & Smith, J. (2008, December). A framework for understanding educational governance: The case of California [Article]. Policy Analysis for California Education.