About EdSource

Belief Statement

EdSource believes that access to a quality education is an important right of all children. We further believe that an informed, involved public is necessary to strengthen California’s schools for the benefit of the state’s children as well as civic life in California and its economy. 


EdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so in three ways: providing timely, useful information to policymakers; advancing awareness among the larger public on complex education issues; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes. 

EdSource History

Over a period of more than three decades, EdSource has developed a stellar reputation as a highly respected source of education information, research and analysis. 

Since its founding in 1977, EdSource has broadened its focus to include a broad range of education reform topics, including charter schools, school accountability, STEM education, teacher evaluations and obstacles students face in the math pipeline from pre-kindergarten to college. It also added community colleges to its portfolio of issues. It has widened its audience to include policymakers, researchers, K–12 and college educators, journalists, parents and community leaders. In 2012, it launched its journalism and communications arms, EdSource Today, which now comprises the largest state-based education reporting team in the nation.

The expertise of EdSource’s staff of researchers, writers, and communication and outreach specialists is strengthened by a diverse, statewide board of directors.

Our Programs

In addition to this website, EdSource’s offers the following programs and services:

  • Timely daily reports on key education challenges produced by EdSource Today’s team of writers, reporters and editors. 
  • A wide range of publications, including comprehensive reports on California’s most important public education policy issues and a variety of shorter briefs and guides related to K-14 education. 
  • An annual convening on California education policy open to the public and held each spring in Northern or Southern California.   
  • The Education Data Partnership web site, which offers data on schools, districts and state level issues in a user-friendly form.
  • Periodic presentations at statewide or national meetings, including serving as an impartial convener of advisory or policy groups.


Many of the photos used to illustrate our website were taken by independent photographer Alison Yin at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland. Yin took the photo illustrating the “Student Health” section at the Youth Uprising – Castlemont Health Center, which partners with Oakland Children’s Hospital. The rest of the illustrative photos were taken by EdSource staff in the course of their reporting at schools around the state.

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