2017 – 2018

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About the Center’s CA Insights Research

Now in its third year, the goal of The Center’s CA Insights project is to share educators’ insights into California State Standards implementation with California education and policy leaders. We speak with teacher leaders, principals, and district leaders to learn how standards implementation is going.

CA Insights Domains

Each domain represents an aspect of California State Standards Implementation that we spoke with teacher leaders, principals, and district leaders about.

Methodology & Demographics

Now in its third year of data collection and analysis, The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning’s Insights into California State Standards Implementation applies rigorous methods and systematic triangulation of data sources to present a representative portrait of how California schools and districts are implementing state standards in math, ELA, and science.


In the Funding domain, we hear from district leaders about how they find and use the money needed to support California State Standards implementation at their sites. Based on their responses, we unpack key dimensions of implementation funding including funding sources and funding stability.


Implementation Approach & Vision

The Implementation Approach & Vision domain captures how districts have managed the transition from awareness to implementation of the California standards. Who leads the vision for standards implementation at school sites? What are their priorities? How is progress measured–and what are districts learning in this process? This section provides answers to these questions and reveals the choices that district leaders make in the course of implementation.

Professional learning

Professional learning is what teachers engage in to stimulate their thinking and professional knowledge and to ensure that their practice is critically informed and up-to-date.


Instructional materials

Instructional materials are the tools used in educational lessons, which includes active learning and assessment. Basically, any resource a teacher uses to help him teach his students is an instructional material.

Standards Understanding

Standards Understanding is the depth of teacher’s mastery to not only understand the California Standards but are capable of designing effective standards-based units of instruction with assessments to meet varying student needs.

Organizational Structure and Culture

Organizational Structure defines how activities such as task allocation, coordination and supervision are directed toward the achievement of organizational aims. Organizational structure can also be considered as the viewing glass or perspective through which individuals see their organization and its environment.

Instructional Shifts

Instructional Shifts is the change in direction and focus in the practice of instructing or teaching in order for students to achieve the higher-order thinking skills and the ability to solve complex problems as outlined by the California standards.

About the Staff and Contributors

Francesca Delgado

Francesca Delgado

Francesca led the design and coordination of the district interview and focus groups projects; as well as conducted district interviews and focus group analysis.
Reino Makkonen

Reino Makkonen

Reino led analysis of the California results from RAND’s American Teacher Panel survey for WestEd and this site.

Gary Mobley

Gary Mobley

Gary contracted with the Center to conduct district leader interviews and district leader interview analysis.
Clay Willis

Clay Willis

Clay led content development, website development and dissemination strategy for these studies.

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