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Accountability and Continuous Improvement Report

This report presents the work and recommendations of California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement.

Accountability and Continuous Improvement Report (PDF; 10MB; New 25-May-2016)
The May 2016 report entitled Preparing All Students for College, Career, Life, and Leadership in the 21st Century is a plan from a diverse task force for an accountability system based on performance, equity and improvement.

Excerpt from the Executive Summary

"The Task Force was convened at a critical moment for public education in our state. California has started on a pathway towards the creation of a better system for our students, one that rests on a foundation of student success, relies on high standards, more equitably distributes resources (through the Local Control Funding Formula), and trusts local educators and communities to design the educational structures and supports that our students need to reach their full potential (through the Local Control and Accountability Plans). This emerging "California Way" builds on a collaborative approach to positive education change.

The Task Force's work was guided by the California Department of Education's strategic plan, A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0, which lays out the mission, guiding principles, and right drivers that shaped the direction of the accountability and continuous improvement system proposed here. Simultaneous to the work of the Task Force, California's State Board of Education has been engaged in development of Local Control Funding Formula evaluation rubrics. California now has the opportunity to develop a system of
accountability and continuous improvement that aligns with and extends the provisions outlined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support a world-class education for every student in the Golden State.

Building on this great potential for alignment and positive change, the task force's recommendations can be summarized in three words: performance, equity, and improvement."

Questions:   Academic Accountability Team | aau@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863

Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 26, 2016
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