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California educators and state leaders have been preparing for Common Core State Standards since 2010, but 2014-2015 is the first academic year that many educators, students, and parents are seeing changes inspired by the reform in classroom practice. This year, education stakeholders have their first look at the implementation process, which provides an opportunity to fine-tune the work that still lies ahead. In this seminar, Andrea Venezia and Jodi Lewis present findings from their research exploring implementation of the Common Core, specifically focused on grades 9-14.

Michal Kurlaender and Jacob Jackson present research following up on their statewide evaluation of California’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), an academic preparation program developed jointly by the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the California State University and implemented in 2004.

Parents play an important role in their children’s education, but there are substantial differences in the home learning experiences of children by socioeconomic status. In this seminar, Susanna Loeb and Ben York discuss the results of a randomized control trial of READY4K!, a text messaging program for parents of preschoolers designed to help them support their children’s literacy development. Loeb and York sent parents in the treatment group three texts per week about an early literacy skill or cluster of skills for the entire school year.

Californians are just now beginning to recognize the scale and impact of recent policy changes in the state’s education system. The simultaneous adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promise large and potentially transformational improvements in the state’s schools and classrooms.

The Challenges and Opportunities of a Systems Approach to Accountability

David T. Conley, University of Oregon and Founder/President of EdImagine Strategy Group

Moderator: Michal Kurlaender, Associate Professor, School of Education, UC Davis; and PACE Director
Responses: Keric Ashley, Interim Deputy Superintendent, District, School & Innovation Branch, CDE. Jannelle Kubinec, Director of the Comprehensive School Assistance Program, WestEd. Rick Miller, Executive Director of the CORE Districts

Supporting Continuous Improvement in California’s Education System

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Moderator: Samantha Tran, Sr. Managing Director of Education Policy, Children Now Reponses: Sue Burr, California State Board of Education. Rick Simpson, Deputy Chief of Staff to California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Educations

Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Ted Lempert, Children Now

In this seminar, Margaret (Macke) Raymond investigates operator supply in the charter sector in the United States. She examines the performance of individual schools as they opened and grew over their early years. Her analysis expands to consider the likelihood of quality among new schools and networks of schools, called Charter Management Organizations. Using a new method to ensure rigorous comparisons, she compares the performance of charter schools to the traditional public schools with which they compete.

Summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students and therefore likely contributes to the achievement gap between these students and their higher-income peers. Until now, however, research has not demonstrated whether voluntary school district summer learning programs offered to large numbers of urban, low-income students can actually make a difference.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represents the first significant change in 40 years to the way California funds education. LCFF gives school districts greatly expanded flexibility to allocate dollars in ways they believe make the most educational sense for their students. The new funding formula requires districts to engage parents, community members, and other stakeholders in discussion and deliberation about district services, programs, and priorities.

This seminar presents findings on the early implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in California. Milbrey McLaughlin reports on interviews with educators in all regions of the state, and on their views of how implementation is proceeding in their schools and districts. She reviews some of the key challenges that local educators identify as they move forward with CCSS implementation, and highlights areas where districts, schools, and counties will require more or different support as they continue their implementation efforts.


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