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Getting Down to Facts: Study List

A Research Project Examining California’s School Governance and Finance Systems

THE STUDIES

Getting Down to Facts researchers took a two-pronged approach to uncovering the most valuable information for California policymakers. First they looked broadly at California’s school finance and governance system in order to identify the most important factors that facilitate or hinder the effective use of education resources in California. Second, they targeted a number of crucial areas that a priori appeared particularly important to address in an in-depth exploration of school finance and governance.  The researchers aimed to make the best possible use of existing research findings, identifying important holes in existing research and determining whether there were empirical studies that could be performed in the given timeframe to fill some of these holes.   The new empirical work stems from this approach.  As a result, the studies each provide a strong review of the literature with targeted new empirical additions.

Conceptual Background

  1. Equality and Adequacy in the State’s Provision of Education: Mapping the Conceptual Landscape, Reich, Robert (2007), Stanford University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report]

Effectiveness Studies

A. School Finance

  1. Financing K-12 Education in California: A System Overview, Timar, Thomas (2007),  University of California. Davis.
    [Technical Report Technical Report]
  2. Evolution of California State School Finance with Implications from Other States, Kirst, Michael, Goertz, Margaret, and Odden, Allan. (2007), Consortium for Policy Research In Education (CPRE). 
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  3. Understanding the Incentives in California’s Education Finance System, Duncombe, William and Yinger, John (2007), Syracuse University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  4. District Dollars: Painting a Picture of Revenues and Expenditures in California’s School Districts, Loeb, Susanna, Grissom, Jason and Strunk, Katharine (2007), Stanford University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary] [Appendices Appendices]
  5. Financing School Facilities in California, Brunner, Eric J. (2007), Quinnipiac University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  6. Do Non-School Resources Substitute for School Resources? A Review of the Evidence, Downes, Thomas (2007), Tufts University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Author's Executive Summary Author's Executive Summary] [Research Summary Research Summary]

B. Governance and Structural Issues

  1. Evaluating the “Crazy Quilt”: Educational Governance in California,  Brewer, Dominic J., and Smith, Joanna (2007), University of Southern California.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  2. Charter Schools in California: A Review of their Autonomy and Resources Allocation Practices, Perez, Maria; Anand, Priyanka; Speroni, Cecilia; Parrish, Thomas; Esra, Phil; Socias, Miguel; and Gubbins, Paul (2007), American Institutes for Research.
    [Charter Schools in California Technical Report]  [Appendices Appendices]
  3. School District Financial Management: Personnel Policies, and Practices, Perry, Mary; Oregón, Isabel; Williams, Trish; Miyashiro, Robert, Kubinec, Jannelle, Groff, Laurel, Wong, Philip, and Bennett, Robert (2007), EdSource (Principal) & School Services of California (Sub-Contractor).
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary] [Appendices Appendices]

C. Personnel Issues

  1. A Review of State Teacher Policies: What are they, What are their effects, and What are their Implications for School Finance? Loeb, Susanna, and Miller, Luke (2007), Stanford University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  2. Leadership Development in California, Darling-Hammond, Linda, and Orphanos, Stelios. (2007), Stanford University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  3. California Principals’ Resources: Acquisition, Deployment, and Barriers, Fuller, Bruce; Loeb, Susanna; Arshan, Nicole; Chen, Allison; and Yi, Susanna (2007), Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  4. Curbing or Facilitating Inequality? Law, Collective Bargaining, and Teacher Assignment Among Schools in California, Koski, William, and Horng, Eileen (2007), Stanford University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]

D. Data & Information Systems

  1. Education Data in California: Availability and Transparency, Hansen, Janet (2007), RAND Corporation.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Author's Executive Summary Author's Executive Summary] [Research Summary Research Summary]
  2. Bringing the State and Locals Together: Developing Effective Data Systems in California School Districts, Oberman, Ida; Hollis, Jim and Dailey, Don (2007), SpringBoard Schools.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]

Adequacy -- Cost Studies

A. Lessons from "Beating-the-Odds" Schools

  1. Successful California Schools in the Context of Educational Adequacy, Perez, Maria; Anand, Priyanka; Speroni, Cecilia; Parrish, Thomas; Esra, Phil; Socias, Miguel; and Gubbins, Paul (2007), American Institutes for Research.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary] [Appendices Appendices]

B. Cost-Function & Production Function Approach

  1. Assessing the Costs of K-12 Education in California Public Schools, Imazeki, Jennifer (2007), San Diego State University.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary] [Appendices Appendices]

C. Professional Judgment Panel Approach

  1. Efficiency and Adequacy in California School Finance: A Professional Judgment Approach, Chambers, Jay; Levin, Jesse, and DeLancey, Danielle. (2007), American Institutes for Research.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]

D. Professional Judgment Survey Approach

  1. Aligning School Finance with Academic Standards: A Weighted-Student Formula Based on a Survey of Practitioners, Sonstelie, Jon (2007), Public Policy Institute of California.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]

E. Special Education

  1. Considering Special Education Adequacy in California, Harr, Jenifer; Parrish, Tom; Chambers, Jay; Levin, Jesse and Segarra, Maria. (2007), American Institutes for Research.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]

F. English Language Learners

  1. Resource Needs for California’s English Learners, Gándara, Patricia, and Rumberger, Russell W. (2007), University of California, UCLA & Santa Barbara, respectively.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]
G. Teacher Cost Differences
  1. Teacher Compensation and Local Labor Market Conditions in California: Implications for School Funding, Rose, Heather, and Sengupta, Ria. (2007), Public Policy Institute of California.
    [Technical Report Technical Report] [Research Summary Research Summary]