The Getting Down to Facts II project distilled the findings from 36 technical reports on California’s PreK-12 education system into 19 research briefs that highlight the key findings and conclusions from the research studies.
- Although student performance is improving, California's 4th and 8th grade students score below the national average in reading and math; and achievement gaps are greater in California than in the nation as a whole.
- California's charter schools enroll about 10% of public school students and many have strong student outcomes; however, the state's charter laws are weak on charter authorization, oversight, and renewal.365.83 KB
- Much of the large achievement gaps in California are evident at school entry, in part due to an early education system that is underfunded, fragmented, and inefficient.385.75 KB
- Providing appropriate instruction to California's 1.3 million English learners will require more attention to their diverse assets and needs using strategic approaches that capitalize on recent policy changes.419.8 KB