Taking stock five years into landmark changes for California’s schools, a new report calls for doubling down on efforts to deepen and strengthen “one of the country’s most ambitious equity-focused education reforms.”
The lengthy analysis by the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Learning Policy Institute is mostly positive about the policy changes that former Gov. Jerry Brown set in place, while underscoring the challenges ahead.
Among the report’s many recommendations:
- Expand training for teachers and school leaders in new academic standards and practices.
- Clarify for the community how local school dollars are spent.
- Find better ways to identify and learn from exemplary districts and schools.
- Allocate more money overall for a state ranked in the bottom fifth of states in cost-adjusted per student spending.