Research

A collection of reports, research and analysis about issues in public education that affect educators, schools and students.

“California Education GPS” – An eight-point plan by public education leaders to obtain increased, sustainable K-12 funding, expanded access to data systems and a fuller commitment to early childhood education in California.

“Graduation Initiative 2025” – Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

“The State of Higher Education for Latinx in California” – Latinx students statewide are making progress in higher education but further steps are needed to close a continuing ethnic achievement gap, according to this report by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

The teacher pay penalty has hit a new high: Trends in the teacher wage and compensation gaps through 2017” – Public school teachers nationally are paid nearly 20 percent less than workers in professions that require similar education and training. This analysis by the Economic Policy Institute examines how bad it is and why.

Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap” – This Learning Policy Institute report outlines the strategies and efforts taken by states to end inequity in education and ensure all students have equal opportunity to succeed.

Getting Down to Facts II: Current Conditions and Paths Forward for California Schools” – How is California’s PreK-12 education system performing and what improvements are needed? This report from Policy Analysis for California Education finds that the state’s education system is moving in the right direction but still needs additional resources to put major reforms into practice.

Fixing Chronic Disinvestment in K-12 Schools” – The Center for American Progress examined systematic underfunding of public education in states across the nation, finding that lawmakers are shortchanging students by cutting taxes on the backs of public schools.

Keeping the Promise of LCFF in Charter Schools” – The first systematic analysis of charter school Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), this report by Public Advocates Inc. found critical financial and engagement information missing, unavailable or incomplete at a shocking number of charter schools.

Global California 2030: Speak. Learn. Lead.” – California Department of Education‘s initiative, which aims to expand language programs in K-12 schools so that half of all students are working toward proficiency in two or more languages by 2030.

The Roots of STEM Success: Changing Early Learning Experiences to Build Lifelong Thinking Skills” – Science education for most children in California begins in elementary school, but it should start much sooner — in infancy, even — for children to achieve their full potential as young scientists, according to this report by the Center for Childhood Creativity.

Higher Education in California” –This report by Public Policy Institute of California highlights the state’s most pressing higher education challenges in seven key areas: California’s higher education system; addressing California’s skills gap; expanding college access; improving college completion; increasing equity and diversity
Investing in public higher education; and making college affordable.

Supporting Dual Language Learner Success in Superdiverse PreK-3 Classrooms: The Sobrato Early Academic Language Model” – In early childhood education and care programs across the United States, there is a growing need for effective approaches to teaching in classrooms where children come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This report by Migration Policy Institute focuses on one approach.

Career Technical Education in California” – With 800,000 high school students enrolled in a career technical education class, vocational training is critical to meeting the state’s workforce needs, according to a report by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Statewide Survey: Californians and Education” – A majority of Californians give their local schools high marks and think inadequate funding is the biggest problem facing public education, according to this Public Policy Institute of California report.

Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity” and “Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity” – These reports by The Education Trust-West provide a blueprint for increasing access and achievement in science and math for California’s 1.37 million English learners.

California’s Future: K-12 Education” – This report by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that despite half of California’s 6 million K-12 students being classified as economically disadvantaged, and a quarter working toward English proficiency, education funding still lags more than 6 percent below the national average.

Local Control Funding Formula Resources – California Department of Education provides a variety of resources and information about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which determines how all public education agencies are funded.