Category Archives: Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap

Analysis: Schools with high proportions of students of color face teacher quality inequities

20 Feb
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A new analysis finds that, both across the nation and in California, teachers in schools with high proportions of students of color are much more likely to be uncertified or inexperienced than teachers in schools with a low number of students of color. The Learning Policy Institute’s report, Inequitable Opportunity to Learn: Student Access to Certified and Experienced Teachers, uses the U.S. Department of Education’s two most recent years of Civil Rights Data Collection — 2014 and 2016 — to...

What the California Science Test Scores say about access and opportunity

19 Feb
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The first statewide results of the California Science Test (CAST) were released by the California Department of Education in early February. The new assessment is tied to the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which districts have been in the process of implementing since their adoption in spring 2013. Students in grades 5, 7,10, 11 and 12 take the CAST. While NGSS implementation is a work in progress and will take time, what is clear from the scores is that...

Study finds foster youth face significant barriers in transitions to college

14 Feb
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California students in the foster care system face more significant barriers during their transition from high school to college than their peers and require tailored supports to overcome them, according to a recent study from the Educational Results Partnership and California College Pathways. Authors of the study analyzed outcomes of more than 4,000 California foster youth and over 621,000 of their peers from their 2016–17 academic year high school cohort. Foster youth included in the study experienced lower rates of...

President’s Message: Investing in student success with transparency and accountability

30 Jan
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By CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to appreciate district and county office trustees and the special obligation we have as stewards of America’s greatest public trust — its public school system. As we reflect on our unique role, we would do well to remember what hangs in the balance. More than six million California students are counting on us to provide each and every one of them with a high-quality education. This may...

New video provides context about educational equity for important local conversations

21 Jan
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CSBA is a proud member of the Alliance for Continuous Improvement, which is dedicated to advancing California’s historic shift to a continuously improving system of education. Making decisions with educational equity in mind is paramount to this shift. As part of the Alliance project, the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation has released a short video, “This is Equity,” to provide common context and facilitate important conversations with the local community around equity. These conversations can help inform goals in district...

Students of color remain underrepresented in college prep classes

16 Jan
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Despite legislative efforts in recent years to increase access to and participation in advanced placement courses in high schools throughout California, black and Latino students continue to be underrepresented in college credit-bearing classes — even when they attend schools that offer an array of AP course options. A new report from The Education Trust finds that inequities exist nationally largely due to schools that serve mostly black and Latino students not enrolling as many students in advanced classes as those...

Report highlights difficulties in aligning early ed with elementary school

15 Jan
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Research shows that preK–3 alignment — coordinating preK–3 standards, curricula, instructional practices, assessments and professional development — can narrow achievement gaps by helping children sustain the gains they made in preschool, but many California districts say they are struggling to support alignment efforts. Findings from a new Policy Analysis for California Education study presented at a Jan. 10 event in Sacramento show that one-third of 25 districts surveyed are not engaged at all in alignment efforts, while others are engaged...

CCEE leaders reflect on scaling up State System of Support

19 Dec
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As the state agency charged with building the capacity for continuous improvement at and across local educational agencies, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence board members and staff are reflecting on how to best fulfill that duty with a limited number of resources. At the CCEE’s Dec. 5 board meeting in San Diego (view the archived video), board members received an in-depth look at two multi-year initiatives and their impacts on LEAs, the Pilot Partnership Initiative and the Professional Learning Network...

Districts, county offices make progress on 2019 California School Dashboard

18 Dec
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The release of the 2019 California School Dashboard came with the encouraging news that fewer local educational agencies will require differentiated assistance than in 2018. The number of districts and county offices of education eligible for support dropped from 374 to 333, and the state improved performance on all indicators but one: chronic absenteeism. This is the third year that the state has published the Dashboard, one element of the Local Funding Control Formula’s system of funding, accountability and support....

College forum shines spotlight on equitable admissions, college/career preparation

26 Nov
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The convergence of new research on standardized testing, a controversial proposed entrance requirement at California State University and the recent “Varsity Blues” admission scandal served as the backdrop for a wide-ranging Nov. 22 forum at UC Berkeley Law School. The Policy Analysis for California Education event, “Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions,” saw its biggest news when UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ announced she is in favor of ending the admissions requirement that applicants take...