Monthly Archives: May 2012


School Finance Reform – A Weighted Pupil Formula for California

Governor Jerry Brown has called for a major overhaul of California’s school finance policies. His proposal for a weighted pupil funding system would simplify the rules that govern the distribution of funds to schools and school districts, while targeting a larger share of available resources to the schools and students with the greatest needs. In this policy report Mary Perry offers an overview and analysis of the policy change that the Governor has proposed. She reviews criticisms of California’s current school funding system, the basic principles that define a weighted pupil funding formula, the key features of Governor Brown’s proposal to the Legislature, and some of the political and practical issues raised by a move to weighted pupil funding.

 
Developmental Students: Their Heterogeneity and Readiness

May 3rd Podcast – Getting down to facts: Five years later

This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California’s education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students. The report focuses on the four key issues that received emphasis in the Getting Down to Facts studies: governance, finance, personnel, and data systems.

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Getting Down to Facts: Five years later

May 3, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Welcome Jack O’Connell, School Innovations and Advocacy
Getting Down to Facts: Five years later
  Introduction Susanna Loeb, Stanford University
  Governance Richard Welsh and Dominic Brewer, University of Southern California
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  Finance Heather Rose, University of California – Davis
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  Teachers and Leaders Jennifer Imazeki, California State University, San Diego
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  Data Systems David Plank, Policy Analysis for California Education
Getting Down to Facts: Then and now
  Moderator: John Fensterwald, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  Panelists: Susanna Cooper, Office of the President Pro Tem, California Senate
Erin Gabel, Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Rick Simpson, Office of the Speaker, California Assembly
Getting Down to Facts: Public opinion
  Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California
  Dan Schnur, University of Southern California

GETTING DOWN TO FACTS: FIVE YEARS LATER

This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California’s education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students. The report focuses on the four key issues that received emphasis in the Getting Down to Facts studies: governance, finance, personnel, and data systems.

 
Developmental Students: Their Heterogeneity and Readiness

April 27th Podcast – School Inspections in a Strengthened Accountability System

Craig D. Jerald, President of Break the Curve Consulting

Policymakers in California have begun to look beyond the API and ask how to hold schools accountable based on a broader set of information about performance. One strategy for doing so is through a system of school inspections, a common accountability policy in many other countries. This seminar will discuss the benefits of school inspections and explore the main policy decisions for designing such a system, with a particular focus on England’s approach. How might California evaluate school performance on a broader range of evidence; leverage expert judgment rather than relying solely on mathematical formulas; and provide schools with better diagnostic feedback to support continuous improvement?

A link to the report is available here:
http://www.educationsector.org/sites/default/files/publications/UKInspections-RELEASED.pdf

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