Study outlines ways states can strengthen connection between agencies supporting young children

As state and federal leaders continue to push for expanded early learning opportunities, a new report details how state Medicaid agencies can partner with Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agencies to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum people, infants […]

Most high school graduates attend community colleges, PPIC finds

More than half of graduating high school students in California continue their academic careers at community colleges, making the ability to transfer between higher education institutions critical to attaining a four-year degree, according to the fact sheet “California’s Higher Education System,” released by the Public […]

How the state, districts can prepare for K-12 enrollment declines

With enrollment declines taking place in almost three-quarters of California school districts in the last five years and the trend expected to continue in the next decade, a report and corresponding brief published by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in December explore factors […]

What LEAs can do to support foster youth and prepare them for the future

A new report details the significant overhaul needed across sectors to better support and prepare those exiting the foster care system as they transition into adulthood — and schools can play an important role in reinforcing this work. Released Jan. 24 by the Institute for […]

New research explores the use of AI tools in identifying students in crisis

With youth suicidality on the rise and schools struggling to hire the number of mental health professionals needed to support students, local educational agencies have begun to turn to artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to help identify those at risk for suicide and self-harm. However, a […]

College access and readiness indicators highlight room for improvement

More Californians are graduating from high school, but many graduates are underprepared for higher education, according to two recent fact sheets from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) that provide snapshots of college readiness and access across the state. College readiness Recent test scores […]

Spike in chronic absenteeism can overwhelm schools; fixes require collaborative approach

Nearly 30 percent of K-12 students were chronically absent in the 2021–22 academic year, according to a review of federal data released Oct. 12 by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. U.S. Department of Education data showed 66 percent of […]

Reducing disparities in early intervention access will require more data collection

Sharing federal data about infants and toddlers who are referred, evaluated and found eligible for early intervention services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would assist states in identifying and solving disparities in services, according to a report released Oct. 5 by the U.S. […]

New survey finds majority of parents think book bans infringe upon their rights

Despite widespread attention on book bans in schools and libraries, a new survey shows the majority of families think such bans infringe on their right to make decisions about reading for their own children. Of 853 parents and guardians with children under 18 surveyed during […]