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September 28, 2016

New California Accountability System Signals Progress

It's good to count parent engagement and school climate, says Sonya Heisters. So, California has taken a step in the right direction with its new accountability system.

August 17, 2016

Former Calif. School Chief Pushes Back Against Test-and-Punish Reforms

Former California State Superintendent Bill Honig has created a web site to buoy the 'build-and-support' approach to reform and to oppose test-driven sanctions and charter school expansion.

August 09, 2016

What If Failing Schools Were Supposed to Heal Themselves?

The California Commission on Education Excellence is building a non-bureaucracy that's uses continuous improvement rather than mandates to heal ailing schools. It's head, Carl Cohn, explains in this annotated interview.

August 02, 2016

California Data Show Flaws in Federal Regulations

An analysis of data from the California CORE districts shows that pending federal regulations might not target the right assistance for struggling schools and would stigmatize far too many with the 'failing schools' label.

July 11, 2016

The PACE Perspective on the 'The California Way'

Policy Analysis for California Education has been a premier ed policy organization for three decades. As Daisy Gonzales writes, it is in the forefront of shaping current reforms and interpreting them for audiences such as 'On California.'

June 06, 2016

Can 'The California Way' Turn Around Underperforming Schools?

The state is moving away from test-and-punish. Here's why I think the instinct to improve is a stronger driver than naming and shaming.

May 16, 2016

California's Continuous Improvement Needs Political Muscle

It's easy to lose sight of how profoundly California wants to change its education system and the political coalition that will be required.

April 19, 2016

Pressure Builds Around California Accountability Vacuum

California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.

March 10, 2016

Can a Socialist Win Without Being Elected?

California's history shows that a socialist can heavily influence public policy even in the face of electoral defeat.

December 09, 2015

New Education Law Moves U.S. Closer to California's Path

The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.

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