Accountability & Continuous Improvement

What Is the Advisory Task Force?

The Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement, consisting of a team of education leaders, was convened to advise the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson on his recommendations for a new California system of public education accountability and continuous improvement to the State Board of Education and the state legislature.

The Task Force began meeting regularly in September 2015 and was co-chaired by Wes Smith, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Executive Director, and Eric Heins, California Teachers Association (CTA) President. Additionally, the SSPI appointed 25+ key education leaders from throughout California to serve on the task force. After five in-person meetings as well as additional virtual meetings and small group work sessions, the Task Force is proud to present its final report: Preparing All Students for College, Career, Life, and Leadership in the 21st Century. Wes Smith and Eric Heins presented the report to the State Board of Education on May 11th, with a number of Task Force members showing their support for the recommendations in the report as well. Materials from the State Board Meeting can be accessed here.

With funding from the CA Education Policy Fund, the CDE Foundation provided support for the coordination, facilitation, and documentation of all meetings, as well as the development of the written report. We wish to thank the Superintendent for convening this group, the funders for generously supporting this effort, the co-chairs for leading this work, and most importantly, the Task Force members who contributed their time, passion, and wisdom to help recommend a system that better serves all of California’s diverse students, families, and communities by providing schools and districts with the information they need to continuously improve.

The full report from the Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement can be accessed here: Preparing All Students for College, Career, Life, and Leadership in the 21st Century.

Task Force Members

Affiliation First Name Last Name Title
ACSA Wes Smith Executive Director
CTA Eric Heins President
Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE); California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Gina Plate Chairperson (ACSE); Senior Special Education Advisor (CCSA)
Anaheim High School; Anaheim City School Board Ryan Ruelas Teacher (Anaheim High School); Board Member (Anaheim City School Board)
CALSA David Verdugo Executive Director
Campbell Union; CAAASA Eric Andrew Superintendent (Campbell Union); Member (CAAASA)
CASC Shawn Ahdout President
CCEE Carl Cohn Executive Director
CCSESA Peter Birdsall Executive Director
CDEF Shelly Masur CEO
Children Now Samantha Tran Senior Managing Director, Education Policy
Council for a Strong America Brian Lee CA Fight Crime Invest in Kids State Director
CSBA Vernon Billy Executive Director
CSEA Martha Penry Area A Director
CSU Chancellor’s Office Carolina Cardenas Director of Academic Outreach
First 5 CA Camille Maben Executive Director
Fresno County Office of Education Adam Ebrahim ELA/ELD/HSS Literacy Consultant
Fresno USD Mike Hanson Superintendent
Green Dot Public Schools CA Cristina de Jesus President and CEO
LA Chamber & UNITE LA David Rattray Executive Vice President
Newhall School District Suzan Solomon Board Member
Policy Analysis for California Education David Plank Executive Director
PTA Sherry Griffith Executive Director
Riverside COE Kenn Young Superintendent
San Juan USD Shannan Brown Elementary Teacher
Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Initiative Laurie Olsen Director
Stanford University Linda Darling-Hammond Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
The California Endowment Judi Larsen Program Manager
UC Merced Jorge Aguilar Associate Vice Chancellor
University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Morgan Polikoff Assistant Professor of Education