The California Way: The Golden State’s Quest to Build an Equitable and Excellent Education System

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A new report from the Learning Policy Institute draws on existing research and original interviews to analyze the decade-plus work that led to passage of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and examines the impact of LCFF and related reforms on school and district culture and practice and on student opportunities and outcomes. The California Way differs dramatically from both the state’s prior approach and that initiated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It replaced a “test and punish” philosophy with one that seeks to “assess and improve” through data analysis and capacity building. The new approach also focuses on developing 21st-century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, more positive supports for students, and reduction of exclusionary discipline practices. Access the full report here.