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Accountability

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DECENT SCHOOLS FOR CALIFORNIA
(Williams v. State of California Plantiff Expert Reports)
Public School Accountability, State Oversight, and Intervention in California's Distressed Schools
Prof. Heinrich Mintrop, UCLA
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

California's Accountability System and the API
Prof. Michael Russell, Boston College
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

JUST SCHOOLS SUMMARY REPORT **NEW 9/12/05**
Grading the School Accountability Report Card: A Summary
A summary report on the readability of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) put together by the UCLA Law School and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
http://justschools.gseis.ucla.edu/reports/sarc/GradingSARC-summary.pdf

JUST SCHOOLS FULL REPORT **NEW 9/15/05**
A Report on the Readability of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
A full report on the readability of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) put together by the UCLA Law School and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
http://justschools.gseis.ucla.edu/reports/sarc/GradingSARCff.pdf

POLICY ANALYSIS FOR CALIFORNIA EDUCATION
Assessing California's Accountability System: Success, Challenges, and Opportunities for Improvement
Three independent studies examine the accomplishments, shortcomings, and continuing challenges of the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSSA), a system of rewards and sanctions for meeting specific performance targets, and assistance for low performing schools. This brief outlines common findings and recommendations.
http://pace.berkeley.edu/policy_brief.04-2.pdf

RAND CORPORATION
Organizational Improvement And Accountability: Lessons For Education From Other Sectors
This report shows how schools can improve the quality of education they offer children if educators use lessons from quality assurance programs carried out by busiesses and the medical profession.
http://www.rand.org/publications/MG/MG136/MG136.pdf

 

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Brown v. Board of Education

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Brown vs. Board of Education Booklet :
This is an excellent resource for K-12 classrooms and community groups examining the legacy of Brown v Board for California. The booklet chronicles the national battle for equal schooling up to and since the Brown decision. It also highlights the history of school segregation in California and the ongoing struggle for equal schooling.
Brown vs. Board of Education Booklet (PDF 8.3 MB, 6 Pages)

THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
Beyond Brown v. Board of Education: The Final Battle for Excellence in American Education
This report by Ellis Cose discusses the history of the Brown decision and examines many issues debated in education today.
http://www.rockfound.org/documents/657/Brown.pdf

Separate and Unequal 50 Years after Brown: California's Racial "Opportunity Gap"
This year, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's promise in Brown v. Board of Education: a public school system "available to all on equal terms." However, findings from a recent Louis Harris survey of California teachers, together with other evidence presented in this report, make clear that California schools remain both very separate and very unequal.
Separate and Unequal 50 Years after Brown: California's Racial "Opportunity Gap" (PDF 2.7 MB, 23 Pages)

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College/Work Readiness

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EDUCATION TRUST-WEST
Are California High Schools Ready for the 21st Century
A comprehensive report by the Ed Trust-West finds that California high schools overall are not preparing students adequately for the 21st Century workplace, but there are some high schools producing high results with all their students.
http://www2.edtrust.org/NR/rdonlyres/819B2A7C-C749-477E-A90A-13DFA120C382/0/EdTrustWest_ReportFINAL.pdf


The A-G Curriculum: College-Prep? Work-Prep? Life-Prep. Understanding and Implementing a Rigorous Core Curriculum for All
This report explains why A-G is so crucial for student success and details some troubling information about just how many students aren't getting the right mix of classes. The report suggests that enrollment in a rigorous core curriculum such as A-G can help change the patterns of Latino and African-American students trailing behind their peers.
http://www2.edtrust.org/NR/rdonlyres/25B673DE-1D3C-4293-8EBE-855B6E6386EE/0/AG_Guide_2004_final.pdf

THE CALIFORNIA POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION COMMISSION
2003 University Eligibility Study Today
The purpose of the studies is to estimate the proportion of California public high school graduates who meet the admission requirements of the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC). Eligibility rates for African American and Latino graduates have shown significant improvement since the Commission conducted its last study in 1996, but they are still well below the rates for Whites and Asians.
http://www.cpec.ca.gov/completereports/2004reports/04-05.pdf

 

 

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Education Policy

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JOINT COMMITTEE TO DEVELOP A MASTER PLAN
The California Master Plan for Education
This plan provides a long-term vision for an education system this is available to every Californian and that focuses on both learner needs and outcomes. This plan is intended to guide state and local policy-makers, educators, educational and community-based agencies, and business leaders in making decisions that support this focus.
http://www.sen.ca.gov/masterplan/020909THEMASTERPLANLINKS.HTML

 

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English Language Learners

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DECENT SCHOOLS FOR CALIFORNIA
(Williams v. State of California Plantiff Expert Reports)
English Language Learner Access to Basic Educational Necessities in California: An Analysis of Inequities
Prof. Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

 

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Parent Involvement

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CADRE & Justice Matters Institute:
We Interrupt This Crisis With Our Side of the Story: Relationships Between South Los Angeles Parents and Schools.
This report, prepared by CADRE and Justice Matters Institute represents the voices and research of South L.A. parents who want to repair the cracks of overcrowded and under-resourced schools by building relationships that allow parents to be equal participants in determining how education can best meet their children's needs.  
http://www.justicematters.org/pubs.html

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Facilities/Overcrowding

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DECENT SCHOOLS FOR CALIFORNIA
(Williams v. State of California Plantiff Expert Reports)

The Condition of California School Facilities and Policies Related to Those Conditions Robert Corley, Independent School Facilities Consultant
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

The Effect of the Condition of School Facilities on Student Academic Achievement
Prof. Emeritus Glen Earthman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Solutions Available and Utilized by States Other Than California to Address the Long-Term Planning, Maitenance, Supervision, and Operation of School Facilities
Dr. Nancy R. Myers, Educational Facility Planner, The Myers Group
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Multi-Track, Year-Round Calendar (Concept 6) and Busing to Address Overcrowding
Prof. Jeannie Oakes, UCLA
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

The Impact of the Physical Condition of School Facilities on Student's Short Term and Long Term Health
Prof. Megan Sandel, Boston University
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

 

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School Funding

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CATEGORICAL SCHOOL FINANCE: WHO GAINS, WHO LOSES?
This paper examines changes in California's school finance system over the past 35 years. It focuses specifically on the growth of categorical program funding. The study assesses the nature and magnitude of changes, the causes of those changes, the significance of those changes for the capacity of schools to provide high quality educational services, and proposes alternative models to the existing system of categorical funding.
http://pace.berkeley.edu/WP_04-2_partA.pdf
http://pace.berkeley.edu/WP_04-2_partB.pdf



EDSOURCE
Rethinking How California Funds Its Schools
A discussion of the current debate regarding California's school finance system, brief descriptions of the various initiatives now underway, and a look at where the state might go from here.
http://www.edsource.org/pub_abs_rethink.cfm

 

PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA
High Expectations, Modest Means: The Challenge Facing California's Public Schools
This report provides background information on the state's academic standards, resources, and funding mechanisms. Its findings point to relatively low levels of school spending in California, a large gap between academic standards and school resources, a finance system based on previous funding levels rather than actual school resources and their costs, and questions about the most efficient uses of the state's already modest school funds.
http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/R_1003HRR.pdf



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School Resources& Conditions

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DECENT SCHOOLS FOR CALIFORNIA
(Williams v. State of California Plantiff Expert Reports)
The Psychological and Academic Effects on Children and Adolescents of Structural Facilities' Problems, Exposure to High Levels of Under-Credentialed Teachers, Substantial Teacher Turnover, and Inadequate Books and Materials
Prof. Michelle Fine, City University of New York, Graduate Center
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

The Unending Search for Equity: California Policy, the "New" School Finance, and the Williams Case
Prof. Norton Grubb, & Laura Goe, UC Berkeley
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

What Educational Resources Do Students Need to Meet California's Educational Content Standards?
Prof. William Koski, Stanford University
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Segregation in California's K-12 Public Schools: Biases in Implementation, Assignment, and Achievement With the Multi-Track Year-Round Calendar
Dr. Ross Mitchell, Research Scientist, Gallaudet University
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Access to Textbooks, Instructional Materials, Equipment, and Technology
Prof. Jeannie Oakes, UCLA
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Education Inadequacy, Inequality, and Failed State Policy: A Synthesis of Expert Reports Prepared for Williams v. State of California
Prof. Jeannie Oakes, UCLA
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

Identification of Conditions and Resources Minimally Required for Schools and of an Appropriate State Role in Their Provision
Dr. Thomas Sobol, Former Commissioner of Education, New York
http://www.decentschools.com/experts.php?sub=per

 

Education Gap: Report on The Education Gap in Los Angeles County
This report provides the best available information on the educational opportunities and outcomes for K-12 students in the listed legislative districts. The data are organized by 14 Senate Districts and 26 Assembly Districts that represent Los Angeles County. The data allow comparisons between districts and provide statistics about the public schools in each district, about schools statewide, and about schools in the state's "basic aid" school districts.
Report on The Education Gap in Los Angeles County (uploaded 8/10/04)


Public Education: Report on the Status of Public School Education in California 2004
Deeply concerned about both the quality of California public schools and persisting questions of fairness and equality of opportunity for some groups of children, but nevertheless hopeful about efforts underway to remedy these problems, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation commissioned Louis Harris to conduct a survey of a cross-section of California's public school teachers on the status of classroom conditions essential to learning the results of which are in this report.
Report on the Status of Public School Education in California 2004 (PDF 704 KB, 88 Pages)

 

THE TOMAS RIVERA POLICY INSTITUTE
Closing the Achievement Gaps: Improving Educational Outcomes for Hispanic Children
http://www.trpi.org/PDFs/Closing_Achievement_Gaps.pdf

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Teacher Quality

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THE CENTER FOR THE FUTURE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2004
This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California's teaching workforce and examines the preparation, induction and professional development of teachers. The report also examines the preparation of those assigned to teach special education and English language learning students, and the shortage of qualified teachers in the fields of mathematics and science
http://www.cftl.org/whatsnew.php

DECENT SCHOOLS FOR CALIFORNIA
(Williams v. State of California Plantiff Expert Reports)
Access to Quality Teaching: An Analysis of Inequality in California's Public Schools
Prof. Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
http://www.mofo.com/decentschools/expert_reports/darling-hammond_report.pdf

The Southeast Center for Teaching Quality
Teaching Quality in the Southeast: Best Practices & Policies
VOL. 3, NO. 9 November 2004
http://www.teachingquality.org/BestTQ/issues/v03/v03n09.pdf

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