Category Archives: Research


Study finds schools increasingly rely on and benefit from anonymous school safety tip lines

23 Mar
More than half of U.S. public middle and high schools operate a tip line aimed at increasing student safety, and more than three in four principals reported that tip lines made them more aware of overall safety issues at their schools, according to recent survey results. The study, “Tip Lines for School Safety: A National Portrait of Tip Line Use,” was conducted by RTI International with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Findings were based on responses from a...

Declining enrollment in California schools a new reality, report finds

4 Mar
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Demographic projections from the California Department of Finance show the state’s K-12 school districts entering a long period of declining enrollment and predict a decrease of almost 7 percent in the next decade (compared to a 1.5-percent decrease over the past decade). Furthermore, this decline is expected to be permanent. A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California examines the factors contributing to this decline, what some districts are already doing to address its effect on their budgets...

Brief outlines severe impacts of immigration enforcement on students and schools

3 Mar
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Current U.S. immigration enforcement policies have thrust many students “into the center of an excruciatingly difficult situation” and severely impacted schools’ efforts to offer an equitable education to all students, according to a new brief from Harvard University’s Immigration Initiative. “Under Siege: The Disturbing Impact of Immigration Enforcement on the Nation’s Schools” concludes that immigration enforcement is presenting major challenges for students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and communities. The brief reviewed representative nationwide survey results from more than 3,600 educators...

Teachers need support as expectations on educators grow, study finds

2 Mar
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Policymakers aiming to address an array of stubborn challenges in K-12 education can begin with improving teacher training and preparation; ensuring the equitable distribution of highly qualified, experienced teachers; and taking steps to diversify the educator workforce, according to new research. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that, with all the additional expectations and demands placed on teachers in the past two decades related to everything from shifting curriculum standards to developing a...

Career technical education a growing priority for states, study shows

26 Feb
State policymakers across the country continue to make career technical education a priority, according to new research from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education and the Education Commission of the States. The research found that roughly 60 more policies related to CTE were passed in 2019 than in 2018. In 2019, at least 45 states enacted or passed at least 208 policy actions related to CTE or career readiness through legislation, executive orders, board of education actions...

Analysis: Schools with high proportions of students of color face teacher quality inequities

20 Feb
African-American teacher
A new analysis finds that, both across the nation and in California, teachers in schools with high proportions of students of color are much more likely to be uncertified or inexperienced than teachers in schools with a low number of students of color. The Learning Policy Institute’s report, Inequitable Opportunity to Learn: Student Access to Certified and Experienced Teachers, uses the U.S. Department of Education’s two most recent years of Civil Rights Data Collection — 2014 and 2016 — to...

Governance brief focuses on the need for boards to support equity-based decisions

6 Feb
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The new year presents a good opportunity for governing boards to reflect on recent achievements as well as unfinished work that districts and county offices of education have ahead of them to ensure that all students have access to an education that prepares them for college, career and life success. To support board members in this journey, CSBA has produced a new governance brief, “Educational Equity: The Need for Boards to Support Equity-Based Decisions.” The brief, authored by CSBA Equity...

Lessons learned from rural counties working to improve STEM instruction

5 Feb
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Rural school districts in California have struggled more to effectively support the implementation of math and science standards than their urban and suburban counterparts, but a recent report from WestEd finds rural counties are overcoming many of the unique obstacles they face. The report, “Rural STEM Education: Promising Strategies from Several California Counties,” examines the ways in which rural counties, as part of the California Partnership for Math and Science Education, deal with the challenges of delivering high-quality STEM instruction...

Students of color remain underrepresented in college prep classes

16 Jan
Despite legislative efforts in recent years to increase access to and participation in advanced placement courses in high schools throughout California, black and Latino students continue to be underrepresented in college credit-bearing classes — even when they attend schools that offer an array of AP course options. A new report from The Education Trust finds that inequities exist nationally largely due to schools that serve mostly black and Latino students not enrolling as many students in advanced classes as those...

Study may breathe new life into school lunch food fight

8 Jan
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Prompted by soaring childhood obesity rates, former-President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in an effort to increase the consumption of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, while reducing access to foods with higher amounts of fat, sodium and sugar. Among the changes, the law required that schools offer at least two milk choices: plain or flavored fat-free or low-fat milk — a shift from the prior rule that schools simply serve milk in a...