Publications Directory


EdSource has published a wide range of in-depth reports, issue briefs and research papers on key challenges facing public education. In the online archive below, you can find EdSource publications dating back to June 2001. Please use the search box below to find publications based on key terms in their titles. Please note that the search box will not search terms in the body of the publications, just in the title. Another way to find a publication you are looking for is to scroll down through the publications below. If you would like to find a publication before June 2001, please contact edsource@edsource.org. This online archive does not include shorter daily news articles and analyses produced by reporters for EdSource Today, beginning in July 2012. These articles can be found be searching in the search box at the top right hand corner of this page.

2017


Expanding Early Learning Time: Accessing Full-Day Preschool and Kindergarten in California

Published on 03/27/17

Research shows that full-day preschool and kindergarten yield multiple benefits for young children, but large numbers of children in California still attend part-day programs.

Parent Experiences with Child Care and Preschool Costs in California: An EdSource survey of California Parents

Published on 02/15/17

The high cost of child care and preschool is placing a financial strain on California families and has forced many parents of young children to make difficult tradeoffs regarding work and family life, including choosing lower quality programs or even leaving the workforce altogether, according to a survey commissioned by EdSource.

2016


Promoting Success for Dual Language Learners: The essential role of early childhood education programs

Published on 06/02/16

This report looks at the challenges and strategies for preparing dual language learners in early childhood to succeed in school and beyond.

2015


Closing the achievement gaps: Will California's reforms make a difference?

Published on 12/23/15

EdSource conducted a series of interviews with leading educators and scholars about the persistence of these achievement gaps and the prospects for the current set of reforms in California to help close them.

California's emerging teacher shortage: A Field Poll commissioned by EdSource and the Learning Policy Institute

Published on 11/17/15

California registered voters regard the emerging shortage of K-12 teachers as a very serious problem and think that the state should be taking decisive action to rectify the situation, according to a poll commissioned by EdSource and the Learning Policy Institute.

What's not on California's education agenda - and should be

Published on 10/20/15

California is in the process of implementing a range of reforms, from the Local Control Funding Formula, the Common Core State Standards and a new accountability system. What other reforms are needed to ensure that students succeed?

Local Control Funding Formula: An Essential EdSource Guide

Published on 02/1/16

Available in English and Spanish, this easy-to-read guide explains the essential elements of California's new school funding reforms and the Local Control Funding Formula.

Reforma al Financiamiento de las Escuelas: Una Guia Esencial EdSource

Published on 02/1/16

Disponible en Inglés y Español - esta guía explica los elementos esenciales de las nuevas reformas al financiamiento de las escuelas en California y de la Fórmula de Financiamiento de Control Local.

College and Career Readiness: An EdSource/CTA survey of teachers

Published on 9/29/15

This survey by EdSource, in partnership with the California Teachers Association (CTA), provides new insights into teacher attitudes toward preparing students for college and careers, a principal goal of all major education reforms being implemented in California, including the Common Core State Standards.

2014


Preparing World-Class Teachers: Essential Reforms of Teacher Preparation and Credentialing in California

Published on 10/9/14

This new report examines how teachers are recruited, prepared and retained in California and highlights the most promising reforms that have the potential to contribute to a more effective teaching force.

Reforming Testing and Accountability: Essential Principles for Student Success in California

Published on 3/14/14

This new report explains the changes to California's testing and accountability systems along with a timeline for implementation and recommendations for maximizing their effectiveness and impact.

The Power of Parents: What the Research Shows

Published on 2/1/14

Produced in collaboration with New America Media, this EdSource report reviews compelling research showing that parent involvement in their children's school is associated with a range of positive outcomes for students and greater teacher satisfaction.

2013


EdSource Survey: Measuring Parent Engagement in Schools

Published on 12/5/13

With a change in state law that gives parents a larger role in school budget-making decisions, a first-of-its kind statewide poll by EdSource gives new insight into how involved parents are with their children's schools.

Recovering from the Recession: Pressures Ease on California's Largest School Districts but Stresses Remain

Published on 8/21/13

This report, based on a survey of California's 30 largest school districts serving some 2 million students, looks at how California schools are beginning to recover from years of budget cuts.

Raising Revenues Locally: Parcel Taxes in California School Districts 1983-2012

Published on 5/3/13

There is renewed discussion in the Legislature to reduce the voting threshold for passage of parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds requirement. This EdSource report analyzes all the parcel tax elections since 1983.

2012


Math in a Child's World: Policy and Practical Challenges for Preschool Mathematics

Published on 12/1/12

Basic math concepts acquired before kindergarten are powerful predictors of later learning. This new EdSource report highlights the challenges of integrating math concepts into preschool.

EdSource Infographic on Prop. 30

Published on 11/1/12

This infographic prepared by EdSource describes the main elements of Prop. 30 in an accessible graphical way.

Understanding School Discipline in California: Perceptions and Practice

Published on 9/1/12

This report on a new EdSource survey of 315 school districts - representing two-thirds of public school students in California - sheds new light on how the state implements student.

At Risk: Adult Schools in California

Published on 6/13/12

The continuing state budget crisis combined with increased flexibility

Diagnostic Assessment: Challenges & Opportunities for the California Community Colleges

Published on 6/13/12

Produced in partnership with Learning Works, this report looks at the purpose and use of diagnostic assessments in community colleges.

EdSource Infographic

Published on 6/11/12

To help reduce voter confusion on the differences between Props. 30 & 38 EdSource prepared this infographic.

San Francisco's long campaign to provide healthier school meals yields results

Published on 5/1/12

This EdSource "Occasional Paper" describes how healthy food advocates transformed San Francisco Unified School District's approach to food.

Schools Under Stress: Pressures Mount on California's Largest School Districts

Published on 5/1/12

California's 30 largest school districts - which educate nearly 2 million students - are facing multiple stresses tied to the economic crisis at a state and national level, threatening their ability to provide a quality education to California's children, according to a new EdSource report.

Passing When It Counts

Published on 2/1/12

Large numbers of students in California's 112 community colleges are struggling to pass college-level math classes including courses they need to complete a degree or transfer to a four-year institution.

2011


California's Math Pipeline: The Grade 7 Pivot Point

Published on 8/9/11

The end of 7th grade provides an important moment to assess how prepared California's students are to succeed in the more advanced math curriculum.

Down But Not Out: California's Largest School Districts Struggle to Provide Summer Programs

Published on 8/1/11

California's grim economic environment has hit public summer school programs hard to the detriment of the most disadvantaged students.

California's Math Pipeline: Success Begins Early

Published on 7/21/11

The proportion of California 11th graders who have taken math courses they need to be eligible for admissions to the state's 4-year universities has increased.

California's Math Pipeline: Many Routes Through and Around College-Prep Courses

Published on 9/1/12

The proportion of California 11th graders who have taken math courses they need to be eligible for admissions to the state's 4-year universities has increased.

Middle Grades Playbook: Leading a Full-Court Press on Student Achievement

Published on 6/21/11

The Middle Grades Action Kit centerpiece including self-assessments and a compendium of actionable practices that set higher-performing schools apart.

Middle Grades Action Kit - Survey Tools

Published on 6/19/11

These principal and teacher survey tools are designed to help middle grades leaders evaluate practices in their school

How state laws and collective bargaining shape the way teachers are evaluated, paid, and dismissed in California

Published on 6/16/11

This 2-page policy guide highlights California laws related to teacher evaluation issues.

Schools' Performance on Academic Performance Index (API) Growth Targets Over Time

Published on 6/5/11

Charts showing the percentage of California schools (by type) that made all their API growth targets from 2007 through 2010.

La Crisis Fiscal de California: ¿Qué significa para nuestras escuelas?

Published on 5/1/11

Este Q & A ofrece respuestas claras y precisas a las preguntas más comunes acerca de lo que la crisis fiscal del estado de los medios para financiar la educación y las escuelas de California.

Needed: Careful evaluation of Algebra I placements in grade 8

Published on 2/14/11

This 2-page summary presents key messages regarding algebra placement from the EdSource study Improving Middle Grades Math Performance.

Preparation, Placement, Proficiency: Improving Middle Grades Math Performance

Published on 2/14/11

This Policy & Practice brief is based on an extended analysis of 8th grade mathematics placements in the 303 California schools that participated in our 2010 Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades study.

2010


A Guide to California's Community Colleges

Published on 10/1/10

One of a series, this is a free 2-page Q&A on community college for college-bound high school students and their parents.

A Guide to UC's New Admissions Policies

Published on 10/1/10

One of a series this is a free 2-page Q&A on the University of California system's new admissions policies that will first affect the class entering in the fall term 2012.

A Guide to CSU Admissions Policies

Published on 10/1/10

One of a series this is a free 2-page Q&A on the California State University system for high school students and their parents.

¿No tienes un diploma de la escuela preparatoria? ¡Tienes opciones!

Published on 10/1/10

Esta accesible guía de dos páginas está repleta de información, recursos y sugerencias sobre como obtener un diploma su equivalente o de avanzar

Guia Sobre las Nuevas Políticas de Admisión de UC

Published on 10/1/10

¿Cómo y cuándo debo someter mi solicitud a la Universidad de California (University of California or UC)? ¿Qué cursos de preparatoria (high school) debo tomar? ¿Cómo han cambiado los requisitos de admisión? ¿Qué puedo hacer si no tengo dinero para poder ir a la universidad?

Guia Sobre las Universidades Comunitarias de California

Published on 10/1/10

¿Quién asiste a las universidades comunitarias? ¿Qué tienen que ofrecer las universidades comunitarias? ¿Qué tan difíciles son las clases? ¿Importa qué tan bien me haya ido en la preparatoria (high school)?

Guia Sobre Políticas de Admisión a CSU

Published on 10/1/10

¿Cuáles cursos de preparatoria (high school) requiere la Universidad Estatal de California (California State University or CSU)? ¿Es suficiente con tomar el mínimo número de cursos? ¿Cuáles exámenes de admisión a la universidad debo tomar? ¿Cómo y cuándo debo someter mi solicitud?

No high school diploma? You've got options!

Published on 7/10/10

One of a series, this is a free 2-page Q&A on options beyond high school for getting a diploma, its equivalency, or further education.

Course-taking patterns, policies, and practices in developmental education in the California Community Colleges

Published on 6/1/10

California and the Common Core: Will There Be a New Debate About K-12 Standards?

Published on 6/1/10

This 20-page report describes the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the issues California may consider in deciding whether to adopt them.

Resource Cards on California Education: 2010

Published on 3/1/10

How California Ranks

Published on 2/9/10

This report compares California's education expenditures with those of other states.

Successful 2009 K-12 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond and Parcel Tax Measures

Published on 2/1/10

School Finance 2009-10: Budget Cataclysm and its Aftermath

Published on 1/6/10

This report describes the 2009-10 education budget, how California got into to such a difficult budget situation, and the challenges schools now face.

Community College Funding 2009-10: Increased Demand, Reduced Resources

Published on 1/1/10

This issue brief on community college funding looks at the current enrollment pressures on community colleges and the resources available.

School Finance Highlights 2009-10: The Impact of the Fiscal Crisis on California Public Schools

Published on 1/1/10

2009


Multiple Pathways in California: An Emerging Option for High School Reform

Published on 11/30/09

This report describes California's efforts to implement the multiple pathways approach to high school reform and addresses critical questions about its potential.

The New Federal Education Policies: California's Challenge

Published on 10/1/09

This 20-page report provides an overview of the education components of the federal stimulus package and where California stands in relation to its requirements.

Local Revenues for Schools: Limits and Options in California

Published on 9/30/09

This publication describes California school districts' current options for raising their own revenues and possible changes that would allow communities to raise more funds for their schools.

California's Charter Schools: 2009 Update on Issues and Performance

Published on 6/25/09

This publication examines the charter movement in California and its relationship to other public schools from a variety of perspectives each presented in a separate article.

Preguntas y Respuestas: Los conceptos básicos del sistema financiero de las escuelas de California

Published on 6/1/09

Esta guía provee una explicación clara acerca del financiamiento escolar en California y de la suficiencia e igualdad de los recursos.

¿Por qué es importante aprender algebra?

Published on 5/9/09

Why It Is Important To Learn Algebra

Published on 5/9/09

This guide explains why it is important for students to learn algebra in high school and what parents can do to support their success.

Algebra Policy in California: Great Expectations and Serious Challenges

Published on 5/1/09

This report provides a thorough and balanced look at California's debate about when students should be required to take Algebra I and how to assure that they have a reasonable chance of success.

Proposition 98 Sets a Minimum Funding Guarantee for Education

Published on 3/20/09

This one-page publication explains the effects of Proposition 98 on California school funding as of 2009.

2009 Resource Cards on California Schools

Published on 3/20/09

This compact reference is the most complete, accurate, and easy-to-use collection of California education facts anywhere.

La Propuesta 98 Fija una Garanta Ma?_nima de Financiamiento para la Educación

Published on 3/17/09

Esta guia explica los efectos de la Proposicion 98 en la financiamiento de las escuelas en California en 2009

Successful 2008 K-12 General Obligation Bond Measures

Published on 3/1/09

Despite an extraordinarily dismal economic picture, voters in more than 100 school districts were generous at the ballot with their local schools.

Making California's New Data System Work: Quality is Key

Published on 2/24/09

This brief explores why the quality of California's new data system depends on the capacity of its school districts to accurately track and report student data.

School Finance 2008-09: Fiscal Crisis Meets Political Gridlock

Published on 1/9/09

EdSource's annual report on school finance explains the major features of the K-12 education budget and some of the complex political and economic factors behind it.

Community College Funding 2008-09: Enrollment Growth Outpaces Resources

Published on 1/1/09

EdSource's first issue brief on community college funding looks at the current enrollment pressures on community colleges and the resources available.

2008


La Universidad Comunitaria: Un primer paso para la licenciatura

Published on 12/2/08

Dos paginas de Preguntas y Respuestas para estudiantes de preparatoria, acerca de como la universidad comunitaria puede ser un primer paso para obtener una licenciatura.

Guía a las Universidades Comunitarias de California

Published on 12/2/08

Dos paginas de Preguntas y Respuestas para estudiantes de preparatoria acerca de las universidades comunitarias

Community College: A first step to a bachelor's degree

Published on 12/1/08

A two-page Q&A for high school students about community college as a first step toward a bachelor's degree.

Executive Summary: High School to Community College

Published on 11/24/08

A two-page summary of report highlights including links to sources for more

California's Emerging Education Data System: A Status Report

Published on 10/1/08

This report discusses the current status of California's education data system including CALPADS and CALTIDES.

How California Compares

Published on 9/1/08

A look at key education indicators for California and the U.S.

California's Charter Schools: 2008 Performance Update

Published on 6/15/08

Do charter schools perform better than traditional public schools? Our fourth annual analysis of California's charter schools revisits this question

Raising African American Student Achievement: California Goals, Local Outcomes

Published on 5/30/08

This report looks at how California's African American students are doing academically.

Executive Summary: Raising African American Student Achievement

Published on 5/29/08

This 2-page summary of the 2008 report highlights state-level trends and diverse local outcomes in African American student achievement in California.

NAEP and the California Standards Tests: A Case of Apples and Oranges

Published on 5/15/08

This report explores some of the factors that explain why the NAEP and CST tests yield different but valuable portraits of student achievement.

California's Continuation Schools

Published on 5/1/08

More than 10% of California's public high school students attend some kind of alternative program.

English Learners in California: What the Numbers Say

Published on 3/15/08

A look at California's English learners - their distribution, grades, languages and more.

Math and Science Education for the California Workforce: It Starts with K-12

Published on 3/1/08

This report looks at current projections for California's workforce needs in serveral important science technology engineering and math fields.

Executive Summary: Math and Science Education for the California Workforce

Published on 3/1/08

This summary highlights the education requirements of some of the state's fastest-growing occupations and looks at math and science performance and enrollment data for middle and high school students.

A Guide to California's Community Colleges

Published on 2/12/08

A two-page Q&A for high school students about community colleges.

Math and Science Teachers: Recruiting and Retaining California Workforce

Published on 1/6/08

This brief looks at the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining fully prepared math and science teachers.

Las Matemáticas y las Ciencias: La Clave para Triunfar en las Profesiones Más Prósperas de California

Published on 1/1/08

Esta guía describe cómo los estudiantes pueden aprender matemáticas y ciencias hoy para que están preparados para los empleos de mañana.

2007


School Finance Highlights 2007-08

Published on 12/14/07

This brief provides a quick look at funding for California schools in 2007-08.

Major categorical programs: State and federal money is earmarked for special purposes

Published on 12/1/07

This publication lists the major state and federal categorical programs and funding amounts in the 2007-08 California State Budget.

School Finance 2007-08: A Status Quo Budget in a Time of Increased Pressure

Published on 12/1/07

This report offers a comprehensive look at lawmakers' funding decisions for schools this year and the impact those decisions may have on future budgets.

Superintendents and Principals: Charting the Paths to School Improvement

Published on 11/1/07

A Policy Strategy for Funding Student Success

Published on 10/19/07

The fundamental problem in education finance today is that the time has come to fund student success and we don't know how to accomplish it.

ACSA, Association of California School Administrators

Published on 10/19/07

The Impact of Leadership on Achievement

AIR, American Institutes for Research: Data Brief

Published on 10/19/07

Addressing California's Data Needs: Implementing Comprehensive, Longitudinal Systems at the Local and State Levels

AIR, American Institutes for Research: Teacher Quality Brief

Published on 10/19/07

Improving Teacher Quality: Redesigning Personnel Policies to Support Student Achievement

Advancement Project. Munger, Molly, et al.

Published on 10/19/07

Facilities for Preschool and Early Education

Summary Report: Similar English Learner Students, Different Results:

Published on 9/1/07

This report summarizes a research analysis examining which instructional practices had a positive relationship with the achievement of low-income English learner students as measured by the English Learner Academic Performance Index (EL-API) and other ac

Keeping California School Districts Fiscally Healthy

Published on 7/4/07

This report summarizes findings from a study of financial management in California school districts.

Successful Approaches to Helping Students - Including English Learners - Succeed in Elementary School

Published on 6/9/07

This parent guide (in English and Spanish) discusses some instructional practices that work well for all elementary school students, in particular, English learners.

Enfoques exitosos para ayudar a los estudiantes - incluyendo a los que aprenden inglés - a triunfar en la escuela primaria

Published on 6/9/07

California's Charter Schools: Measuring Their Performance

Published on 6/1/07

This is the 2007 analysis of charter school performance.

Executive Summary: California's Charter Schools: Measuring Their Performance

Published on 6/1/07

This brief presents the major findings from EdSource's May 2007 investigation of how California's charter schools are performing.

Similar English Learner Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

Published on 5/10/07

This extension of the 2005 Similar Students, Different Results study examines how effective the practices that work for all students in a school are for Spanish-speaking English learners.

Levers for Change: Opportunities to Strengthen California's High School Curriculum

Published on 5/8/07

This report explores three leverage points related to high school curriculum

Executive Summary: Levers for Change: Opportunities to Strengthen California's High School Curriculum

Published on 5/1/07

This 2-page summary highlights three levers that state policymakers and local schools can use to strengthen high school curriculum.

High Standards + Support = More Students Taking Tougher Math

Published on 5/1/07

This brief looks at how well California's high school students are meeting the state's high academic standards in math.

California Charter School Policy Update: Legislators focus on facilities, financing, and governance

Published on 5/1/07

This update focuses on current policy issues, which concern charter school facilities, financial impacts, and governance.

Worthy Goals, Limited Success: Intervention Programs in California

Published on 3/1/07

This report looks at the history of the state's interventions programs.

Quality Education Investment Act embodies a new approach to interventions

Published on 2/2/07

This brief explains the selection and funding processes for QEIA, California's K-12 intervention program.

A Glossary of Accountability Terms

Published on 2/1/07

This guide provides a handy reference to help you understand state and federal accountability program terminology.

School District Financial Management: Personnel, Policies, and Practices

Published on 1/3/07

This 176-page study examines financial management in California school districts.

Trends and Comparisons in California School Finance

Published on 1/1/07

This report looks at how school district revenues and expenditures in California have changed

2006


Preguntas y Respuestas: El proceso presupuestal del distrito escolar

Published on 11/1/06

Esta guía discute las presiones presupuestales que enfrentan los distritos escolares y los papeles del público y de la negociación colectiva en las decisiones presupuestales locales.

School Finance 2006-07 Highlights

Published on 10/1/06

This summary highlights the increases and explains where money is going for the 2006-07 school year.

School Finance 2006-07: State Leaders Settle Up with Education

Published on 10/1/06

This report offers a comprehensive look at this year's funding decisions for schools recent budget history and how the state's schools are funded.

Proposition 1D: Kindergarten--University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006

Published on 9/14/06

This 2006 election brief describes the provisions of Proposition 1D.

Executive Summary: California's Charter Schools: How Are They Performing?

Published on 5/1/06

This brief presents the major findings from EdSource's May 2006 investigation of how California's charter schools are performing.

¿Estás por graduarte de la escuela preparatoria? Considera oportunidades para seguir tu educación de carrera

Published on 4/1/06

Esta guía describe alternativas para los estudiantes de la escuela preparatoria que no quieren seguir una carrera universitaria de cuatro años.

¿No tienes un diploma de la escuela preparatoria? ¡Tienes opciones!

Published on 4/1/06

Esta guía describe m?todos para obtener un diploma de la escuela preparatoria su equivalente o educación superior adicional.

California's Charter Schools: How Are They Performing?

Published on 2/5/06

This is the 2006 report on how California's charter schools are performing.

The California High School Exit Exam Gets Real

Published on 2/1/06

This report describes the history and status of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and addresses its key issues.

Issues and Actions in California Education Policy: Setting the Stage for 2006

Published on 1/1/06

This report summarizes policy actions of 2005, and previews upcoming issues.

Q&A: The School District Budget Process

Published on 11/2/06

This Q&A discusses budget pressures facing school districts, the role of collective bargaining, and how the public can influence local school budget decisions.

2005


How California Ranks: A National Perspective

Published on 11/1/05

This annual rankings report includes numerous charts and graphs that detail the state's standing nationally.

School Finance Highlights 2005-06

Published on 10/1/05

This report discusses the 2005-06 California education funding budget, which was particularly contentious.

School Finance 2005-06: Budget Sets Off Public Battle

Published on 10/1/05

This report provides background on the contentious education funding debates of 2005-06 and its results.

Preguntas Y Respuestas: Responsabilizar a los Distritos Escolares

Published on 8/1/05

Esta gu?_a explica la supervisi?_n financiera de los distritos y la manera en que los miembros de la comunidad pueden participar.

School Accountability Under NCLB: Ambitious Goals and Competing Systems

Published on 8/1/05

Two years before the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became law California passed its own Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA).

Q&A: Holding School Districts Accountable

Published on 8/1/05

This guide explains the financial oversight of districts and how community members can get involved.

Spotlight on California High School Performance

Published on 6/4/05

Loaded with tables and graphs, this report looks at California high school performance measures

Las Medidas Estatales Oficiales del Desempeño Escolar

Published on 6/1/05

Esta guía describe las medidas que los funcionarios estatales usan para evaluar a las escuelas y a los distritos.

The Evolution of Career and Technical Education in California

Published on 6/1/05

This brief provides basic background on how career and technical education is changing and its current status and scope in California.

Información Sobre las Escuelas Charter en California

Published on 5/1/05

Concebidas como laboratorios para promover el cambio, las escuelas charter son creadas para motivar la capacidad y ofrecer la posibilidad de diferentes opciones y alternativas al sistema de escuelas públicas.

How are California's Charter Schools Performing?

Published on 5/1/05

This report discusses the complex nature of comparing charter and noncharter schools.

Q&A: Charter Schools in California

Published on 5/1/05

This Q&A describes starting a charter school how charter schools are funded and regulated facility issues and differences of charters and traditional schools.

The Movement To Transform High School

Published on 5/1/05

Report from EdSource's 2005 Forum Shaking up the Status Quo: the Movement to Transform High School.

Quality. Access. Low Cost. Can California's Community Colleges Do It All?

Published on 3/1/05

This publication describes the community college system's mission programs and students.

Questions and Answers about California Colleges and Universities

Published on 4/1/05

This set of four Q&As provides comprehensive information for college-bound high school students and their parents.

Una Guía para las Universidades Comunitarias de California

Published on 4/1/05

The State's Official Measures of School Performance

Published on 3/6/05

This guide describes the measures state officials use to evaluate schools and school districts explaining what they are and what they indicate.

Executive Summary. Quality, Access, Low Cost: Can California's Community Colleges Do It All?

Published on 3/3/05

This summary highlights the difficulties inherent in raising expectations for the state's community colleges.

Understanding School District Budgets: A Guide for Local Leaders

Published on 1/1/05

2004


School Finance 2004-05: Districts receive an increase despite a state budget squeeze

Published on 11/3/04

This report provides an overview of the state's budget situation and how education fits into the overall picture.

School Finance Highlights 2004-05

Published on 11/2/04

This summary highlights the sources of public school funding such as the state budget, local property taxes, and the federal government.

FAQ: What accounts for the difference between education revenues and expenditures?

Published on 11/1/04

This brief clarifies what is included in per-pupil education revenues and expenditures and how they differ.

How California Ranks: A look at the state's investment in K-12 education over the past decade

Published on 9/1/04

This 2004 report, based on national financial and staffing data, looks at rankings as well as how the state fared over the past decade

Charter Schools in California: An Experiment Coming of Age

Published on 6/1/04

This report provides an overview of where charter schools stand today in California.

Weighted Student Formula Concept Enlivens School Finance Debate

Published on 5/1/04

This publication highlights details of this reform and how it relates to broader concepts of funding adequacy and decentralization.

Rethinking How California Funds Its Schools

Published on 5/1/04

This report sets out possible goals for a school finance system that could better support California's high expectations for student performance.

California's Middle Grade Students

Published on 4/3/04

This report examines how California's middle grade students are performing against state standards-particularly in algebra.

Creando Voluntad Pol?_tica para Rehacer el Sistema Financiero de las Escuelas de California

Published on 4/1/04

Este reporte resume una discusi?_n de panel acerca de las maneras de crear voluntad pol?_tica y p?blica para cambiar el sistema financiero escolar.

Middle Grades: The challenge of meeting high expectations

Published on 3/3/04

This publication examines the importance of algebra instruction and the state's progress in helping students master it.

California's Demanding Mathematics Standards

Published on 3/1/04

Las Normas de Matemáticas Requeridas de California

Published on 3/1/04

Esta guía de padres describe las normas de matemáticas en California y el razonamiento que las respalda.

A Glossary of School Finance Terms

Published on 1/8/04

This booklet clarifies the key acronyms and terms needed to understand school finance and education issues.

Building Political Will to Overhaul California's School Finance System

Published on 1/4/04

This publication summarizes comments from experts who spoke at EdSource's 2004 Annual Forum.

Executive Summary: No Child Left Behind in California?

Published on 1/1/04

This summary highlights the changes California has made in state education policy to comply with NCLB and the impact of those changes on the state's schools.

No Child Left Behind in California? The impact of the federal NCLB Act so far

Published on 1/1/04

This report offers a look at the impacts of NCLB in California and how California is changing its school improvement and accountability programs.

Proposition 55: Bonds to construct and modernize public education facilities

Published on 1/1/04

Everything you need to know about Proposition 55.

2003


School Finance 2003-04: State Budget Woes Reverberate Through K-12 Education

Published on 11/30/03

This report details the amount of money available for California K-12 public education and how it was allocated for 2003-04. It also provides perspective on how districts vary in the financial situations they face and looks at the issues most likely to s

School Finance Highlights 2003-04

Published on 11/1/03

This summary of EdSource's report School Finance 2003-04: State Budget Woes Reverberate Through K-12 Education highlights the funding that K-12 education was expected to receive overall for 2003-04.

California's Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA): Evaluation Findings and Implications

Published on 9/30/03

This Evaluation Brief summarizes the main findings and implications of the legislatively mandated independent evaluation of the Public School Accountability Act.

How California Ranks: The state's expenditures for K-12 education

Published on 8/31/03

This report based on the National Education Association's Rankings and Estimates 2002-03 compares California's education expenditures with those of other states.

Executive Summary: Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Published on 8/1/03

This is an executive summary of the EdSource report Narrowing the Achievement Gap: A review of research policies and issues which outlines the multifaceted reasons behind the achievement gap describes some strategies that have been used to address it

Preguntas y Respuestas: El Examen de Egreso de la Escuela Secundaria de California

Published on 8/1/03

Esta guía de preguntas y respuestas no solamente explica el CAHSEE sino que también discute los pros y los contras de los exámenes de alto riesgo.

Q&A: California's Student Testing Program: STAR

Published on 8/1/03

This Q&A explains the STAR program and discusses its impact on schools and students.

Programa de Examinación de Estudiantes de California: STAR

Published on 8/1/03

Esta publicación de dos páginas explica el programa STAR y discute su impacto sobre las escuelas y los estudiantes.

Executive Summary: California's Lowest Performing Schools

Published on 5/2/03

This brief summarizes the February 2003 EdSource report California's Lowest Performing Schools.

Q&A: The California High School Exit Exam

Published on 4/8/03

This Q&A not only explains the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), but also discusses the pros and cons of high-stakes tests. It explores the state's decision to postpone the requirement to pass the exam and looks at the exit exam's impact on English learners and Special Education students.

California's Lowest Performing Schools: who they are, the challenges they face, and how they're improving

Published on 3/2/03

This report describes progress that the Decile 1 and 2 schools have made to improve on the Academic Performance Index and explores helpful strategies.

Narrowing the Achievement Gap: A review of research, policies, and issues

Published on 1/31/03

This January 2003 report documents the nature of the achievement gap in California using national and California test scores and other student performance data. In addition it reviews seminal research on the gap describes some strategies that have been

California's Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA): Evaluation Findings and Implications

Published on 1/9/03

This Evaluation Brief summarizes the main findings and implications of the legislatively mandated, independent evaluation of the Public School Accountability Act.

Show Me the Data: EdSource Forum focuses on using and improving data, and on NCLB

Published on 1/5/03

This report is from EdSource's 2003 Forum.

California's Public School Ranking and Reward System

Published on 1/2/03

Report about California's Public School Ranking and Reward System.

Executive Summary: Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Published on 1/1/03

This is a summary of the report Narrowing the Achievement Gap: A review of research policies and issues.

Narrowing the Achievement Gap: A review of research, policies, and issues

Published on 1/1/03

This report is about the achievement gap.

2002


Who Are California's Students?

Published on 12/6/02

This brief published in 2002 offers a snapshot of California's changing student population as well as a look at future trends.

How California Ranks: A national perspective on the state's K-12 education expenditures

Published on 11/9/02

This report filled with charts and graphs examines how California compares with other states in education spending teacher salaries and student-teacher ratio at the turn of the 21st century.

School Finance Highlights 2002-03

Published on 11/6/02

This issue brief highlights the funding that K-12 education received overall for 2002-03, including funds from the then-new federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Executive Summary: What We Have Learned About K-3 Class Size Reduction in California

Published on 10/31/02

This special version of the executive summary for the four-year study of class size reduction in California by the CSR Consortium contains additional graphs and references to help clarify the findings reported in the capstone report in June 2002.

Update: California's Education Reforms

Published on 10/31/02

This report summarizes California's standards-based reform efforts through 2002 and looks at what was in store including possible impacts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the proposed California Master Plan.

Teacher Pay in California: Is it Fair? Is it Competitive? Is it Enough?

Published on 10/4/02

How well are California's teachers compensated? This April 2002 report addresses that question by examining teacher salary data from a variety of perspectives.

Voter Guide: Proposition 47

Published on 9/1/02

Proposition 47 passed in 2002 provided general obligation bonds for construction and modernization of education facilities. In preparation for the vote EdSource prepared this guide which analyzes the proposition and summarizes the major arguments pro

Resource Guide: Creating a Quality After-School Program

Published on 8/5/02

This guide is a companion piece to our report on out-of-school Programs. It offers resources for evaluating developing and funding these programs.

School Finance Highlights 2002-03

Published on 6/11/02

This issue brief highlights the funding that K-12 education received overall for 2002-03 including funds from the then-new federal No Child Left Behind Act.

California's Student Data System: In Need of Improvement

Published on 5/14/02

This issue brief explores the use of longitudinally linked data and how such a system would benefit California.

Expansion of Out-of-School Programs Aims at Improving Student Achievement

Published on 5/2/02

This 24-page report published in 2002 examines the focus on out-of-school programs as a way to help improve California students' academic achievement. It also looks at research about creating quality programs and policy questions on expanded government

The Civic Purposes of Public Schools

Published on 4/30/02

This report covers the issues and state policies regarding citizenship education.

Up for Public Review: A Master Plan for California's K-16 Schools

Published on 4/30/02

This issue brief on the work of the state's Joint Master Plan Committee describes the committee's original recommendations and the process for public input about the plan.

California Student Achievement: Multiple views of K-12 progress

Published on 4/6/02

How well is California doing? Using data and graphs this 20-page report written in 2002 zeros in on student achievement in areas such as English language arts and mathematics for high school students and for subgroups such as English learners and chil

Voter Guide: Proposition 49

Published on 3/9/02

Proposition 49 passed in November 2002 greatly increased and made permanent California's financial commitment to before- and after-school programs for students in elementary and middle schools. In preparation for the vote EdSource prepared this f

2001


How California's Education Dollars Are Spent

Published on 10/10/01

This 2001 fact sheet looks at where education dollars go.

School Finance 2001-02

Published on 7/8/01

Our annual update of the state's education budget and key legislative decisions examines funding plans for assessments and accountability personnel programs low-performing schools facilities and Special Education in the 2001-02 school year. An u

California's Student Testing System: Hard Choices and New Directions

Published on 6/30/01

This June 2001 report examines California's high-stakes testing including an analysis of high-stakes testing by researchers and a debate on its pros and cons.

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Developing CSIS: An integrated public school data system

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