Many educators, families, and students are taking a hard look at the current educational system in the United States and finding there is a significant gap between what is and what ought to be if we want our country to succeed in the 21st century. The Four Keys to College and Career Readiness (the Four Keys) provides a framework and common language to use as we work to close this gap by developing systems that support all students as they prepare for the future.Details
This policy brief from EPIC discusses the United State’s bias toward college-going as the gold standard and how to counteract that singular mode of thinking. EPIC outlines why definitions of K–12 success should balance an emphasis on each C (college and career). EPIC also shows the related pitfalls of districts failing to attend to the issues that are most salient for their communities. To avoid those dangers, EPIC recommends democratizing postsecondary pathway access to ensure equity, localizing districts’ definitions of success to suit community needs, and personalizing educational experiences so students can become ready on their own terms.Details
Essential Skills and Dispositions: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Self-Direction
This set of developmental frameworks was created to facilitate discussion within communities of practice and to enhance a shared understanding of the dynamic nature of four essential skills—collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction in learning. The frameworks define components inherent to each skill and describe performance across a beginner to emerging expert progression, informed by research on the development of expertise. Unlike discipline-specific learning progressions and rubrics, the developmental progressions reflect components essential to the skill itself and describe growth dependent on many years of active exploration, experimentation, setbacks, and reflection.Details
From Accountability to Actionability: Making Sense of Multiple Measures in Local Control Accountability Plans
This policy brief reviews promising practices from California districts as well as insights from research on multiple measures to provide recommendations that improve how California districts generate, present, and use data in their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs).Details
In this policy brief, EPIC recommends that college and career readiness serve as the “North Star” in California’s recently reformed accountability system. A district seeking to use its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to promote a college- and career-going culture should take the following steps:
• Adopt, modify, or generate a consistent and shared definition of college and career readiness.
• Evaluate the current LCAP for alignment to that definition.
• Revise the LCAP to align with college and career readiness as its new North Star.
By following these steps, district leaders will help ensure that the goals and actions outlined in their LCAP describe a coherent system instead of a collection of eight competing priorities.Details
In 2012, California Senate Bill 1458 added a measure of college and career preparedness to the Academic Performance Index (API). The Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee was charged with making recommendations to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education regarding measures that could serve as indicators of college and career preparedness at the high school level. EPIC was commissioned to evaluate potential measures identified by the Committee.Details
Too many school improvement initiatives dive immediately into reforms of learning approaches or processes. This is skipping steps. Defining your school’s Identity and a Vision for Student Readiness must come before big school change initiatives. These two anchors: Form a framework for smart decisions on structures, policies, and approaches to learning. Help close the opportunity…Details
Few large-scale policy initiatives speak to the potential of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) more so than the California Scale-Up Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Statewide Initiative—simply referred to as California MTSS.Details
Ocean View High School: Monday Morning Wins How do you provide structured, intentional support for all staff? SCHOOL FACT BOX Ocean View High School, located in Huntington Beach, California, serves more than 1,400 students, with 54% identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and just under 23% in programming for English Learners. The demographic profile reflects that 61%…Details
Loara High School | Providing Family Learning Walks to Help Families Better Understand Student Outcomes
How do you ensure that the perspectives of all families are incorporated into decisions at the schoolwide level as well as at the individual student level?Details
Employing Leadership Systems and Structures How does the principal work through a broad set of teams to ensure all students get what they need to be successful? SCHOOL FACT BOX Fountain Valley High School, located in Fountain Valley, California, serves over 3,600 students, with 26% identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and just under 5% in programming…Details