Researchers: Barring Significant Changes, California’s Schools Are in Trouble

Researchers at Stanford University and Policy Analysis for California (PACE) are calling for significant changes to California’s elementary and secondary education, including a 32% increase in spending and the expansion of early childhood education, to help students meet academic performance goals.

The comprehensive analysis was compiled and completed in order to inform legislators and policy staff responsible for developing the state’s education agenda. Here were some highlights from the study, as also outlined by EdSource

• Achievement gaps between low and middle-income students in California and their out-of-state peers begin in kindergarten. As a result, researchers see a need to expand early childhood education efforts with an emphasis on preschool and early child care.

• To get children up to speed, an additional $22 million in school spending is required.

• California’s student-to-teacher ratios are inadequate when compared to other states.

• California needs more effective program assessment tools.

• Compared to other states, California’s health services are lacking.

• Lower achieving schools are disproportionately assigned principals with the least amount of experience.

• Teacher vacancies continue to be a pressing problem, especially in the math, science and special education divisions.

Read the study here