California



State Governance

State Board of Education

                California’s State Board of Education consists of ten members, each serving a four-year term. The board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. Additionally, there is a student member on the board who has full participation rights but only serves a one-year term.

California’s State Board of Education has authority over:

  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Authorization of Charter Schools, Among Others

Governor

                Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Chief State School Officer

                Tom Torlakson

Elected by a non-partisan ballot

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 57.3%

English Language Learners: 22.4%

Served by IDEA: 10.8%

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools:

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1992

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 1,184

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 544,980

Charter School Cap Law: . The current cap on charter schools is 1,950 statewide, but the cap is raised by 100 schools each year.

ESSA Plan & Implementation

California intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about California’s ESSA approach.