Department of Rehabilitation Conference Room 242 (2nd Floor) 721 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814
Presenters: Michal Kurlaender, University of California, Davis; PACE Jacob Jackson, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
Michal Kurlaender and Jacob Jackson present research following up on their statewide evaluation of California’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), an academic preparation program developed jointly by the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the California State University and implemented in 2004. The goals of the EAP are to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards in English and mathematics and the requirements and expectations of postsecondary education. In this seminar, Kurlaender and Jackson present new findings on EAP effects at California Community Colleges, which began adopting the EAP assessments in 2010. In addition, they present new research on the effects of the EAP assessment on math course-taking in the 12th-grade year, and finally, on the possible unintended consequences of the EAP on sorting in college enrollment.
UCCS Conference Room A, 1130 K Street (Lower Level) Sacramento, CA 95814
Presenters: Andrea Venezia, California State University, Sacramento, Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
California educators and state leaders have been preparing for Common Core State Standards since 2010, but 2014-2015 is the first academic year that many educators, students, and parents are seeing changes inspired by the reform in classroom practice. This year, education stakeholders have their first look at the implementation process, which provides an opportunity to fine-tune the work that still lies ahead. In this seminar, Andrea Venezia and Jodi Lewis present findings from their research exploring implementation of the Common Core, specifically focused on grades 9-14. The study identifies practices that appeared to help teachers operationalize the Common Core in their classrooms, challenges associated with implementation, and implications for state policy.