Monthly Archives: April 2009


April 24th Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Effects of the California High School Exit Exam on Student Achievement and Graduation” featuring Sean F. Reardon and Michal Kurlaender is now available.

Sean F. Reardon is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University, whose research focuses on the causes and consequences of educational and social inequality. Michal Kurlaender is Assistant Professor of Education at University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on education policy in K-12 and higher education. Student-level data from four large California school districts was used to examine the impact of the CAHSEE exam on student achievement and graduation rates. In particular, they focus of the effects of failing vs. passing the CAHSEE in 10th grade on the subsequent achievement and graduation rate of students with relatively low math and ELA skills. The speakers were introduced by PACE’s Executive Director David N. Plank.

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April 10, 2009 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Policy matters: creating the best conditions for community college student success” featuring Nancy Shulock of Sacramento State University is now available.

Nancy Shulock directs the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Sacramento State, which produces policy research intended to enhance public policy for California higher education. California’s community colleges serve nearly three-quarters of public postsecondary enrollments in the state and are therefore critical to any effort to meet today’s needs for a highly educated workforce and citizenry. State public policies create the conditions under which the colleges operate to serve students’ needs and contribute to the economy. In this presentation, Ms. Shulock makes the case for supplementing ongoing efforts to increase student success with changes to policies in order to provide more favorable conditions under which the colleges can meet the needs of students and the state of California. The speaker was introduced by PACE’s Executive Director David N. Plank.

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The Development of a Teacher Salary Parcel Tax: The Quality Teacher and Education Act in San Francisco

In June 2008 San Francisco voters approved Proposition A, a parcel tax initiative dedicated to improving teachers’ salaries in the San Francisco Unified School District. Proposition A also provided funding for a number of innovative teacher compensation programs, including extra pay for teachers in difficult-to-staff schools and difficult-to-fill subject areas. In this policy report, Heather Hough presents a comprehensive review of Proposition A, including the process of consultation, negotiation and compromise that led to its approval and an assessment of the programs that will be funded with parcel tax revenues. Her report is based on interviews with key participants in the development and passage of Proposition A, along with a review of public documents.