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K-12 Reform

February 2018 | Colleen Moore, Connie Tan

Nearly all students enter the California State University system intending to graduate “on time,” and graduation rates are increasing systemwide. Currently, less than a quarter of incoming freshmen graduate within four years and a third of community college transfer students graduate in two years. This study investigates the personal and institutional obstacles that students experience as they navigate through college on the pathway to timely graduation.


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October 2017 | Julia Koppich, Daniel Humphrey, Andrea Venezia, Thad Nodine, and Laura Jaeger

This report finds that students, teachers and local administrators embrace California’s commitment to college and career readiness (CCR), but have deep concerns about implementation.



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August 2017 | Colleen Moore, Kathy Reeves Bracco, and Thad Nodine

This brief is the second in a series that is examining California's approach to gathering and sharing longitudinal data about students' progress through state's education systems. 

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April 2016 | Jodi Lewis, Thad Nodine, Andrea Venezia

This brief shares the perspectives and concerns of high school teachers in two districts regarding implementing the Common Core State Standards, specifically as the Common Core pertains to preparing more students for college and well-paying careers. The brief also makes state policy recommendations for ways to support teachers in their efforts to increase students' college and career readiness, including through fostering alignment between K-12 and postsecondary and workforce partners.


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August 2015 | Andrea Venezia and Jodi Lewis

The report compares state policy leaders’ expectations for and high school educators’ early experiences with the Common Core. As the state passes the five-year milestone in implementation, the report recommends ways to better leverage California’s “college and career readiness standards” to help improve outcomes for graduating students.


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