California Education Policy Fund

Program Details

Fund Status
Current Fund Focus

Fund Status

In August 2014 CEPF announced its fourth cohort of grantees. This cohort included new grantees as well as supplemental grants to current grantees, bringing the total amount of CEPF grants to over $13 million. To read the grant award announcement, please view the press release. To learn about all CEPF grantees, please visit the Current Grantees page.

The CEPF is intended to be an annual program; however, its longevity is dependent on continued donor support. All future grant rounds, the next of which would be in 2015, would be announced publicly by RPA.

Current Fund Focus

The California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) is intended to both: (a) advance policy and practice reform to promote Deeper Learning in schools to prepare students for college and career and (b) support a broad, balanced ecosystem of nonprofit organizations working to improve the conditions for education policymaking in the state of California.

Deeper Learning
In almost every aspect of their lives, California’s young people today are being asked to learn more, process more, and produce more. Deeper Learning refers to the set of higher-order skills that students will need to succeed in twenty-first-century work and civic life. These higher-order skills include:


While they have long been essential for educational and career success, today these skills are even more necessary with the rising demands of global commerce, politics, and technology. Moreover, the opportunity to advance Deeper Learning has never been greater than with the advent of the new Common Core State Standards which call for this set of higher order thinking skills and knowledge.

The Common Core State Standards—adopted by California and 45 other states—and the aligned assessments produced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) provide a strong foundation for coordination of California’s K-12 system with Deeper Learning goals. Along with emerging changes in accountability systems and new supports to educators, these reforms can begin to strengthen the college- and career-readiness of California students.

Further, California has recently joined the national Innovation Lab Network (ILN). Hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the ILN began in 2010 with an ambitious mission: each student in the U.S. will be ready for college and career upon graduation from high school. Today, 10 member states, with more than 20 million total students, are pursuing policy and practice reforms that advance Deeper Learning through reform in state goals, assessments, accountability systems and more.

For more information on Deeper Learning, click here.