More Than One C: Educating Students to Be Ready for Careers and College (Policy Brief)

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…

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…

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From Accountability to Actionability: Making Sense of Multiple Measures (Policy Brief)

EPIC’s latest 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). LCAPs represent a promising shift in school accountability policy by requiring districts to develop strategic plans…

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From Accountability to Actionability: Making Sense of Multiple Measures in Local Control Accountability Plans (Policy Brief)

EPIC’s 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). Those from outside the state will find valuable information about using multiple measures to develop a coherent…

Defining a New North Star: Aligning LCAPs to College and Career Readiness (Policy Brief)

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…

Defining a New North Star: Aligning LCAPs to College and Career Readiness (Policy Brief)

A new policy brief from the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) recommends that college and career readiness serve as the “North Star” in California’s recently reformed accountability system. Recent legislation in California created the Local Control Funding Formula, replacing a 50-year-old system of state-controlled categorical funding by returning considerable financial control to local hands. Such…

A New Era for Educational Assessment

In 2010, Jobs for the Future—with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—launched the Students at the Center initiative, an effort to identify, synthesize, and share research and effective approaches to teaching and learning at the high school level. The initiative began by commissioning a series of white papers on key topics in secondary schooling, such…

Learning Strategies as Metacognitive Factors: A Critical Review

This paper highlights the conceptual soundness of explicitly acknowledging and developing metacognitive factors in the learning process. It also demonstrates the feasibility of measuring these skills and of the ways in which schools, districts, and states can incorporate them into practice, first on a limited, experimental basis, with the commitment to scaling them up when…