California's K-12 Public Schools: How Are They Doing?
RAND EDUCATION SANTA MONICA CA
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As recently as the 1970s, Californias public schools were considered to be among the nations best. Today, however, there is widespread recognition that the schools are no longer top performers. As a consequence, many Californians share a growing sense of alarm about the ineffectiveness of their public education system and the generation of children whose educational needs are not being met. Researchers at the RAND Corporation examined Californias system of kindergarten through grade 12 K-12 public schools on several dimensions, including student achievement and other student outcomes that schools may influence, as well as school finances, teachers, and facilities. Their goal was to describe the state of Californias K-12 public schools, not to pinpoint why schools are in the shape they are or to advocate solutions except where one seemed obvious from their findings. This descriptive report should be of interest to policymakers at the state and federal levels and to educators, especially in California. Parents may also benefit from the information it provides.
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