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, its civic life and its economy.
EdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so by providing timely, useful and accurate information to key education stakeholders and the larger public; advancing awareness of major education initiatives being implemented in California and nationally; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes, as well as identifying areas that are in need of repair or reform.
Over a period of more than four decades, EdSource has established its reputation as a highly respected source of education information, research and analysis. It has now emerged as the pre-eminent multi-media education platform for the state, which with over 6 million students is the largest and most diverse public education system in the nation.
Since its founding in 1977, EdSource has broadened its focus to include a broad range of education reforms, including early education and preschools, charter schools, school accountability, STEM education, teacher evaluation and obstacles students face in the math pipeline from pre-kindergarten to college. In 2011, EdSource launched its journalism and communications arm, which now comprises the largest education reporting staff of any newsroom in the state.
The expertise of EdSource’s staff of reporters, writers, and communication and outreach specialists is strengthened by a statewide Board of Directors made up of distinguished leaders from diverse education constituencies.
EdSource’s programs and services include the following:
- Timely daily reports on key education challenges produced by EdSource. Primary areas of coverage include the Common Core, college and career readiness, California education policy reforms, early education, expanded learning initiatives and student wellness.
- Comprehensive reports on California’s most important public education policy issues and a variety of shorter briefs and guides related to preK-12 education.
- Representative public opinion surveys on major education issues such as early childhood education, parent engagement, and school discipline.
- An annual symposium on California education policy open to the public and held each spring in Northern or Southern California.
- The Education Data Partnership, which offers data on schools, districts and state level issues in a user-friendly form.
- Presentations at statewide or national meetings, including serving as an impartial convener of advisory groups.
- Convening statewide conversations on key education policies, through webinars and other partnerships.
- Consulting services to other agencies and organizations.