Who We Talked To

We spoke with 42 school district and charter leaders across the state — from every region and every district type — to understand the state of California Standards implementation.

Demographically, the interviewed districts were representative of the state, skewing somewhat toward larger populated districts.

School Demographics Comparison


Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey,” 2012-13 v.1a; “Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey,” 2012-13 v.1a.

School Districts by Geographic Type

Total CA Districts: 1,179
Total Interview Districts: 42

School Districts by Student Population

CA Students: 6,224,000
District Interview Students: 940,000

School Demographics Comparison

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey”, 2012-13 v.1a; “Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey”, 2012-13 v.1a.

School Districts by Geographic Type

Total CA Districts: 1,179
Total Interview Districts: 42

School Districts by Student Population

CA Students: 6,224,000
District Interview Students: 940,000

Methodology: School District Leader Interviews

These insights, and the supporting data were gathered from telephone survey interviews with district curriculum and instruction leaders from a representative sample of school districts across California. We interviewed 42 district leaders in total — 37 traditional districts and five charter management organizations — representing all 11 California education service regions, and each geographic locale types (urban, suburban, town and rural). We surveyed these district leaders to understand their districts’ current capacity and constraints to support teachers and school leaders through the implementation of the California State Standards.