The Alliance for Continuous Improvement (ACI) is dedicated to advancing California’s historic shift to a continuously improving system of education. Alliance members represent a broad and diverse range of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, administrators, business, community and social justice advocates, school boards, researchers, philanthropy, and institutions of higher education. Collectively, the Alliance promotes a vision for the state’s public education system – one that is student centered, learning oriented, equitable, engages all families and communities, and is continuously improving. In its work, the Alliance facilitates open, thoughtful dialogue; builds and expands consensus around ways to strengthen and align California’s public education system; and leads in a coordinated, impactful way to increase overall awareness about key issues, concepts and principles that must continue to drive equity and system transformation. You can also follow the Alliance on Twitter at @CAContinuous!
Access a wealth of great materials created by Alliance organizations and partners about the Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control and Accountability Plans, California School Dashboard, System of Support, and more.
The California Education GPS reflects the input and consensus of the Alliance for Continuous Improvement. The GPS serves 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.
The online California School Dashboard provides a more complete way to see the progress schools and school districts are making on behalf of all students. The Dashboard highlights a number of different indicators that each contribute to school success. It shines a light on what’s working well and where improvement is needed — and shows where inequities exist among groups of students that need to be addressed.
The Dashboard represents a leap forward in measuring students and schools beyond a single test score, showcasing the wide variety of factors that contribute to the success of students and schools. CDEF partnered with the California Department of Education to develop this series of videos that provide more information about the Dashboard.
California is moving forward with essential work to transform our public education system. Major policy changes in recent years include: raising the bar for what we expect all students to learn and do; targeting more funding for students with higher needs; improving the ways we use data to measure progress; and providing greater opportunities for students, parents, families, educators and local communities to be more active partners in shaping the ways their schools are educating all students.
The work is difficult and requires much more progress. Advancing equity is a guiding principle that must continue to drive all of the work. This involves addressing historic inequities among different groups of students, including by aligning resources and approaches to meet the different needs of students and to close opportunity and achievement gaps.
All California students—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, family immigration status or income level, housing situation, foster care status, or other considerations—must have the resources and supports needed so they can participate fully in safe, inclusive school environments that nurture their personal and academic development.
Equity Video (coming soon)
Learn more about Equity
Why Race and Relationships Matter in California Schools: A powerful report outlining the realities of racial inequities in California schools and how they impact teaching and learning. CA for Justice provides practical recommendations for disrupting racism in relationship-centered schools.
Equity in Action: Study by the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) identifying barriers and evidence-based solutions to improving the academic and social-emotional learning of African American students in California.