Helping the California Department of Education improve teaching and learning for all students

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In a state with California’s diverse student population and complex needs, technical assistance is essential to extend the capacity of the California Department of Education (CDE) and other state-level stakeholders. In response to needs identified by the CDE and validated by other stakeholders, WestEd and its partner, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), are providing intensive technical assistance to the CDE in the following areas:

  • Quality Schooling Framework to Guide, Motivate, and Support Effective Instruction and Student Outcomes
  • Planning and Successful Implementation of Common Core State Standards
  • Educator Excellence
  • Increased Capacity to Support Productivity, Effectiveness, and Efficiency

Role of the Center

The role of the federally funded California Comprehensive Center is to provide the CDE with high-quality, relevant, and useful information, resources, tools, and consultative expertise so that it can lead and sustain state-level initiatives that result in improved outcomes for students. The primary outcomes include increased capacity for the CDE to: (1) set and support expectations for high-quality schooling, (2) identify and share research-based and promising practices, and (3) support high-quality local implementation of improvement strategies.