The research evidence suggests that state leaders should focus on:
Building on current reformsDuring the past decade, California’s education system has undergone major reforms that have resulted in improvements, but the system is still in need of capacity building.
Addressing achievement gapsLarge achievement gaps by race, ethnicity, income and English learner status persist in California and need a continued focus through multiple approaches, including enhanced early childhood education.
Increasing funding and fixing systemsFunding for schools in California has improved but remains short of adequate levels given the goals of state policies. Moreover, funding reforms left critical issues unresolved.
Across 36 studies, our researchers found:
California has a patchwork of data systems that, if integrated and made more accessible, could be leveraged to answer important questions to help improve student services and outcomes; significant improvements to data usefulness could be made at relatively low cost if California policymakers had the political will to do so.