1998, Gov. Davis promised to "revive the sense of unlimited possibility
and common purpose that once made California the envy of the world."
has led the nation in raising academic standards for all students in
public schools. Our schools are more accountable. Teachers are better
trained. A college education is more accessible.
Most importantly, test scores are up five years in a row, even as tests are now based on tougher academic standards.
Historic School Reform
education his "first, second and third priority," the Governor called
the Legislature into a special session on school reform on his third
day in office.
That session produced results founded on the
bedrock of standards and accountability. Schools that get results are
rewarded. Schools that don't are held to task.
- New Reading Programs - created new reading programs to ensure that every child in California can read with confidence by the age of 9.
- School Accountability is accessible to parents and communities
- established California's first statewide accountability program,
including an Academic Performance Index (API) that measures and
publicly reports annual school performance.
- A High School Exit Exam - for the first time ever, required an exit exam for California's high school students.
2001, Governor Davis chaired the successful "Yes on 39" ballot
initiative campaign, which makes it easier for local communities to
pass school bonds by lowering the vote requirement to 55 percent.
2002, he signed legislation placing $25 billion in state school
construction and modernization bonds on two general election ballots.
Qualified teacher in every classroom
the heart of Governor Davis' Higher Expectations approach is a
qualified teacher in every classroom. In 2000, he implemented the
largest and most aggressive package of teacher incentives offered
anywhere in America.
teaching fellowships to attract our brightest college students. These
fellowships are supported through the state's expanded loan assumption
- Bonuses for veteran teachers at lower performing schools who earn national board certification.
- Increased salaries for beginning teachers.
The most rigorous professional development program in America for
teachers and the largest principal training program in the nation.