California Standards Implementation: What Educators Are Saying

By Reino Makkonen, Robert Sheffield

California Standards Implementation: What Educators Are Saying
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How do educators feel about the process of implementing college- and career-readiness standards?

Since 2015, with sponsorship from the California State Board of Education, WestEd has reported on surveys and focus groups with California educators about the ongoing implementation of the California Academic Standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics and associated supports.

This brief summarizes findings from recent surveys of California teachers, conducted by the RAND Corporation, and offers lessons learned from ongoing research and technical assistance initiatives.

Some key findings:

  • Increased site-based, collaborative professional learning and peer observation reported among California teachers
  • Higher levels of teacher involvement in key school decisions in California than in other states
  • Shifting approaches to standards-aligned materials among California teachers and leaders

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