Project Description

Alliance for Continuous Improvement

The Alliance for Continuous Improvement (ACI) is a project of the CDE Foundation that brings together a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations with diverse perspectives dedicated to advancing California’s historic shift to a continuously improving system of education. Collectively, ACI members crafted the California Education GPS, a dynamic resource for elected leaders, policymakers, and advocates throughout the state. The GPS articulates a shared vision for the state’s public education system – one that is high achieving, student centered, equitable, engages families and communities, and is continuously improving. Take a look at policy priorities recommendations for the coming years here.

The ACI is a coalition whose members represent the full spectrum of the state, including teachers, administrators, parents, students, business, community advocates, school board members, researchers, philanthropy, institutions of higher education, and others. The ACI is committed to a vision for California of providing a high quality education for every student in every school and in every part of the state. Currently focused on communications about the state’s new accountability system, including the California School Dashboard, the ACI puts all of the changes in California’s K-12 public education system into context to demonstrate how they all work together to help all students reach their full potential, no matter who they are, where they live, or what their circumstances.

Alliance for Continuous Improvement Task Force Roster (as of July 22, 2017)

Wesley Smith
Association of California School Administrators
Eric Heins
California Teachers Association
Gina Plate
Advisory Commission on Special Education/California Charter Schools Association
L. Karen Monroe
Alameda County Office of Education
Ryan Ruelas
Anaheim High School
Dwight Bonds
California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators
David Verdugo
California Association of Latino School Administrators
Mori Lendovi
California Association of Student Councils
Carl Cohn/Josh Daniels
California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
Peter Birdsall
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
Shelly Masur
Californians Dedicated for Education Foundation
Glen Price
California Department of Education
Joshua Pechthalt
California Federation of Teachers
Taryn Ishida
Californians for Justice
Vernon Billy
California School Boards Association
Karen Stapf-Walters
California State Board of Education
Sherry Skelly-Griffith
California State PTA
Ted Lempert/Samantha Tran
Children Now
Susan Bonilla
Council for a Strong America
Carolina Cardenas
California State University Chancellor’s Office
John Garcia
Downey USD
Ryan Smith
Education Trust West
Camille Maben
First 5 California
Linda Darling-Hammond
Learning Policy Institute
David Rattray
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce/Unite LA
Sue Solomon
Newhall School District
David Plank
Policy Analysis for California Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Shannan Brown
San Juan Teachers Association
Marisol Avina/Jennifer Chheang
The California Endowment
Jorge Aguilar
Sacramento City USD
Morgan Polikoff
University of Southern California Rossiter School of Education
Janet Weeks
State Board of Education
Bill Ainsworth
California Department of Education
Neetu Balram
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation


To help educate parents and communities about the state’s remodeling of the K-12 public education system and the state’s new accountability system—including the California School Dashboard—the Alliance for Continuous Improvement developed a series of materials you can download, adapt and use with your community! Click on the images below to access flyers in English and Spanish. Find more resources on Collaboration in Common.

California K-12 Public Education Brief for Legislators & Candidates

“Meet the Dash” Parent Fliers



“4 Big Upgrades to California Public Schools” Fliers for Parents & Community Members



The California Education GPS

The California Education GPS reflects the input and consensus of the Alliance for Continuous Improvement. The GPS is intended to serve as a dynamic resource for elected leaders and policymakers throughout the state and articulates a shared vision for the state’s public education system — one that is high-achieving, student-centered, equitable, engages families and communities, and is continuously improving.

The GPS briefly describers the significant, foundational investments and changes to California’s public education system that have been made in recent years, and then offers a clear researched-based route forward for advancing and strengthening the system so that it meets and exceeds the needs of all students — and ensures California’s future economic and civic success.

By focusing on eight policy priorities in the upcoming years, state leaders can best create the circumstances locally to achieve the vision for the state’s students and schools. California’s future is riding on our public education system.

“Meet the Dash” Parent Videos

The new California School Dashboard provides valuable information for all parents and communities about the progress their schools are making on behalf of all students. The Dashboard highlights a number of different indicators that each contribute to school success — and it shows where inequities exist among groups of students that need to be addressed.

To help more parents learn about the new Dashboard, we went to straight to the experts: other parents.

The CDE Foundation is especially grateful to our partners in this project: Californians for Justice, California State PTA, Alameda Unified School District, Redwood City School District, Downey Unified School District, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), the San Mateo County Office of Education, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), SOMOS Mayfair, and Achieve.

Stories About the Local Control Funding Formula At Work

These profiles are drawn from various sources, including the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and represent a small sample of the many creative and innovative ways local school districts are utilizing the flexibility, additional resources, and continuous improvement mindset established by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), LCAP and other K-12 system upgrades, to advance equity and address the needs of their local students.