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California’s Master Plan for Education must reflect the changes
necessary for California to improve its education system. California’s
education system must once again be considered a force in the global economy.
The Plan should be bold in providing a template for education policy
implementation for the Legislature and the Governor over the next twenty years.
The Plan should also be flexible enough to undergo change, as necessary. There
is tremendous opportunity to close the achievement gap and to improve access to
quality education programs.
There is a need for both flexibility and
accountability. Charter schools, community-partnerships, small schools, and
joint use of facilities should be continued and expanded as appropriate.
Emerging assessment capabilities should be used to support student learning and
to streamline faculty review processes. Technology should be used as a strategic
tool for learning and for extending access to all populations. The State is in
desperate need of a comprehensive data collection system that would support
forecasting and planning at the district and state levels. This is a systemic
need that was raised by each of the seven working groups of the Joint Committee.
Through increased accountability, partnerships, innovation, strategic
use of technology, flexibility, proper planning, and adequate State support,
California can have a world-class education system.
These changes and
challenges will continue, and perhaps accelerate, in this new century. They will
require California’s adults and youth to continue learning throughout
their lives. All Californians learn through a variety of venues - in the
workplace, at home, in formal educational institutions - and through new,
emerging strategies. The lifelong learner needs rich educational opportunities
and the basic skills to take advantage of these available offerings. When
learners do not have high levels of skills, they find it difficult to continue
lifelong learning. As parents, they become less able to participate in their
children’s academic development; and with emphasis on the academic
performance of children, California must recognize and support increased
educational development of their parent. The literacy skill of the parent is a
significant factor in a child’s potential to be successful in school. If
all learners — adults and children — are to be able to access the
opportunities in this country, they must have access to an even playing field on
which they can succeed in their adult roles as workers, family members, and