Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education

Achievement of Students

Summary

Providing all students with not only access to a public education but to also to the components of education that are most closely associated with quality is just the first step. It is also important that the State, its education providers, and parents monitor the progress of students to ensure that education resources are being used effectively to provide all students with a solid foundation for learning. The foregoing recommendations articulate the importance of being attentive to the achievement of students, how that achievement varies in relationship to the opportunities to learn that different students are provided, and how teachers and faculty can improve their ability to promote student success. The State has a responsibility for assessing the effectiveness of its education system, both to evaluate its overall effectiveness in helping students meet or exceed state learning expectations and to determine where additional capacity is required by education institutions. In addition, education providers must be engaged in the following activities:

Californians believe in quality education. Providing a qualified teacher in every classroom, safe and well-equipped schools, and up-to-date supplies and materials is of only marginal value if it does not contribute to student achievement. These resources must be used effectively to make a difference in the lives of students. Education providers should not wait for some state assessment to determine if students are being well served; they should be monitoring student achievement on a frequent, if not daily, basis. This Master Plan seeks to provide an impetus to statewide attention to the needs and achievement of students.

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