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Multifaceted reforms needed to reach California’s education goals, research project finds [edsource.org]

 

Researchers on Monday released a massive collection of education studies timed to inform the next California governor’s and Legislature’s preK-12 agenda.

The big achievement gap for California’s low- and middle-income children relative to their peers in other states starts in kindergarten, indicating a need to significantly expand preschool and quality child care.Among the findings of Getting Down to Facts II:

  • The big achievement gap for California’s low- and middle-income children relative to their peers in other states starts in kindergarten, indicating a need to significantly expand preschool and quality child care.
  • California would have to increase K-12 funding by 32 percent — $22 billion — to prepare all children adequately in the state’s academic standards, according to experienced educators and analysts who did the math.
  • California has fewer adults in schools, with higher ratios of students to teachers, administrators and counselors than in most states.
  • The lack of effective data systems is preventing schools and districts from determining which programs and practices are effective and which aren’t.
  • California provides fewer general physical health and mental health services than almost any other state.
  • Principals with the least experience are assigned disproportionately to the lowest-achieving schools. Nearly three-quarters of school districts report teacher openings they can’t fill,  with the most severe shortages in special education, math, and science.



EdSource’s Essential Guide to Getting Down To Facts II summarizes 36 studies under 19 topics. Go here.

[For more on this story by JOHN FENSTERWALD, go to https://edsource.org/2018/mult...earch-projects-finds]

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