Project Description

Alliance for Continuous Improvement

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!

Organizations Represented on the Alliance for Continuous Improvement:

  • Advancement Project
  • Alameda County Office of Education
  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • Association of California School Administrators
  • California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators
  • California Association of Latino Superintendents Association
  • California Association of School Business Officials
  • California Charter Schools Association
  • California County Superintendents Educational Services Association
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • Californians for Justice
  • California State PTA
  • California School Boards Association
  • California State University Chancellor’s Office
  • California Teachers Association
  • Californians Together
  • Children Now
  • Council for a Strong America
  • Downey USD
  • Education Trust-West
  • First 5 California
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Learning Policy Institute
  • The California Endowment
  • The Opportunity Institute
  • Policy Analysis for California Education
  • Sacramento City USD
  • San Juan Teachers Association

State Agency Partners

  • California Department of Education
  • California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
  • State Board of Education


Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation


Toby Boyd, President, California Teachers Association

Wesley Smith, Executive Director, Association of California School Administrators


Paul Richman, CDEF


To inform state policymakers and to help engage everyone in local school communities, the Alliance has developed and compiled a number of valuable tools and resources. View our Resource Clearinghouse page here. 

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.

4 Steps You Can Take to Help Your Child’s School – English

4 Steps You Can Take to Help Your Child’s School – Spanish

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



Making Sense of the Education Alphabet Soup (coming soon)

California K-12 Public Education Brief for Legislators & Candidates

“Meet the Dash” Parent Fliers



The California Education GPS

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.


CA School Dashboard Videos

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.


This video explains why the California School Dashboard is the “ultimate conversation starter” and how it can lead to better planning and better results for our kids. Puede encontrar una versión en español de este video aquí.

An animated video narrated by a girl who talks about her dad and how he learned about her school and how to get more involved through the new School Dashboard. Puede encontrar una versión en español de este video aquí

A quick look at some of the key information on the Dashboard and where to find it. Puede encontrar una versión en español de este video aquí.

The Dashboard helps all of us gain a better sense of what is happening in our schools. This information leads to more conversations and input, so school leaders can plan and make decisions that help all of our children succeed. Puede encontrar una versión en español de este video aquí.





California students have big dreams. Unfortunately. some students face a much tougher road to achieve them. It’s up to us to remove barriers in the education system that get in their way. Working with Alliance for Continuous Improvement partners, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation developed this video as a way to help local educators, families, students and community groups engage with their schools, districts and counties in important conversations to better understand and meet the needs of every student.

Together, let’s advance educational equity in California.

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.