Category Archives: Research

Research

Obesity rate remains high for California’s fifth-graders, racial disparities prominent

18 Jul
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Showing only marginal improvement from years prior, 40.5 percent of California fifth-graders were overweight or obese in 2018, according to new data from the Kidsdata program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Research has long shown that the physical health of students significantly impacts their ability to attend school and achieve academic success. Studies also clearly show that a disproportionate number of low-income students and students of color live without basic health supports and education, borne out in...

Report finds increased funding and access but low standards for California pre-K programs

19 Apr
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California increased its early childhood education funding and enrollment in 2017–18, but fell below the national average for meeting minimum quality standards, according to “The State of Preschool 2018” annual report from the National Institute for Early Education Research. The pre-K programs — composed of the State Preschool Program, Transitional Kindergarten, Head Start and special education — enrolled 242,297 children in 2017–18. More than 15 percent of all U.S. children in state-funded early education programs are in California, the research...

Districts encouraged to step up to the plate for summer meals

18 Apr
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Only 14 percent of children eligible for subsidized summer lunches receive one, according to new analysis from California Food Policy Advocates. Further, one in five low-income schools have no open summer meal site within one mile and more than 800 public schools have no open meal site within five miles. The numbers speak to the challenges that many of California’s K-12 public school students face in getting fresh, healthy meals and to the system’s gaps in coverage. Overall, about three...

Data illustrate need for greater focus on California’s homeless students

7 Mar
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In the 2016-17 school year, 4.2 percent of California’s public school students were identified as homeless, according to a new report from Education Leads Home. The state’s homeless student population that year of 262,935 marks a 4.16 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year. Researchers and advocates say the facts reinforce the need for state-level policymakers, district officials and board members to allocate additional resources toward the issue and to address root causes. Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit...

Issues with impact: Highlights from CSBA publications in 2018

19 Dec
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In 2018, CSBA’s staff, members and partners explored some of the most pressing subjects facing California’s schools and our 6.2 million students. We had a lot to choose from – the issues schools grapple with have never been more numerous, more varied or more complex. Here’s some of the most compelling writing on those topics from the past year. Thanks for reading in 2018; we look forward to providing more insight in the new year. Magazine Articles Trial by Fire:...

Report highlights lack of personal finance instruction in California schools

17 Jan
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Can students in your district explain the difference between APR and AGI? What about a FICO score? Compound interest? Amortization? For students to be college and career ready, knowledge of personal finance is becoming increasingly important. Yet, a recent report from Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Vermont gave California an “F” grade for failing to adequately provide students with a personal finance education. The report assigned A-F grades to 50 states and the District of Columbia based...

Teacher shortage continues, experienced teachers in demand

23 Aug
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A new report from the Learning Policy Institute cites that about 90 percent of teacher vacancies are due to teachers leaving the profession, and posits that a national teacher shortage could be alleviated by improving retention. Further, by retaining experienced teachers, school districts could also boost student learning and reduce costs. There is a critical need for teachers in California. A 2016 survey from CSBA and LPI found that the state’s teacher shortage had reached alarming levels, with 75 percent...

California underperforms in protecting student athletes, report finds

21 Aug
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Although California fields the second largest number of high school athletes nationally at just under one million students, the state has placed next to last in rankings for public high school athletic safety, according to a recent report. The report from the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute looked at the health and safety policies relating to the leading causes of death for student athletes, including sudden cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries and exertional heat stroke. The study reported 735...

New survey report shares insights about parent perceptions

16 Aug
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A recent survey conducted by the nonprofit Learning Heroes found that nine in 10 parents think their children perform at grade level in reading and mathematics. In reality, only one in three students achieve those mastery levels. In response to this disconnect, Learning Heroes recently released “Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential,” a survey report that examines this parental “perception gap” and shares insights into how parents think about education. The survey was conducted earlier this year among 1,423...

New report on STEM deserts shows troubling trend for high-poverty schools

26 Jul
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If you were to ask someone on the street today what they think the future job market will look like, it is likely you will hear the word “STEM.” The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field is growing at a dramatic rate, and today’s students will be a vital part of the nation’s future STEM workforce. Given this information, a new brief from the nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition Change the Equation is particularly alarming. In Ending the Double Disadvantage: Ensuring STEM...