SIIA Profile of California Highlights State Policies Impacting the K-20 Ed Tech Market

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CA Profile CoverSIIA has released its latest state policy profile in our Around the Nation series – Doing Business in California Schools. These K-20 reports are produced by the Ed Policy Forum, a project of SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and provides the research and analysis for SIIA members to translate government policy – funding, programs, regulations, etc. – into actionable market intelligence. The report follows the SIIA Ed Policy Forum’s recent CA webinar featuring Efrain Mercado, Policy Director, CA County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, Sacramento County Office of Education. With use of this CA state profile, SIIA members will be able to better inform their business development and sales teams on the driving forces behind California school decision-making.

Over the last several years, the state of California has made many policies changes with important repercussions on the sector. Significantly, the state implemented a new K-12 school finance system – the Local Control Funding Formula consolidated many of the state’s programs, including instructional materials support, into a single block grant to local education agencies. The new dynamic has created funding flexibility and shifted decision making even further towards school districts and county offices of education.

With regard to the curriculum, the state has also given greater flexibility to school districts in purchasing instructional materials, has recently adopted new state standards in science, and is implementing fully online state assessments. To accommodate these computerized assessment and greater technology use in the classroom, the state is making investments in improving its broadband infrastructure through its statewide network.

SIIA members can find the full CA report here. Additionally, members can find an in-depth summary and analysis of the state’s 2014 student data privacy law on the SIIA Ed Policy Forum, as well as state reports on Texas and New York with Florida and Ohio to be released in the next two months.