Access to a quality education is an important right of all children. EdSource believes that an informed, involved public is necessary to strengthen California’s schools, improve student success and build a better workforce.
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 emerged as the pre-eminent multimedia education news organization in California, home to the nation’s largest and most diverse public education system.
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 preparation and college access. The EdSource newsroom is the largest education reporting staff in the state.
The expertise of EdSource’s staff of reporters, engagement managers and data experts 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:
- Primary areas of coverage include literacy, math instruction, education funding, education policy reforms, early education, student wellness, equity and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on teaching and learning.
- Quick Guides that provide deeper understanding and analysis of California’s most important public education policy issues.
- Representative public opinion surveys on major education issues, such as early childhood education, parent engagement, and school discipline.
- The Education Data Partnership, which offers detailed financial, demographic and performance data and comparisons on California’s school districts and schools in a user-friendly format.
- Monthly Roundtable discussions that bring together educators, thought leaders, students and policymakers to discuss timely education issues.
- Education Beat, a weekly podcast that amplifies voices and issues inside the classroom and in California’s communities.
- Presentations at statewide or national meetings, including serving as an impartial convener of advisory groups.
- Consulting services to other agencies and organizations.