Category Archives: Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap

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...

Financial aid report illustrates need for schools to boost student participation

21 Nov
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With financial aid critical to many of California’s low-income youth and students of color seeking to attend college, a new report from the Education Trust–West finds that the students who would benefit the most are attending high schools with some of the lowest application completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. While schools and districts in some areas have made progress, the authors of Hidden Figures: A Framework to Increase Access to Financial Aid find that much...

Study finds California’s rural students falling behind in college readiness

14 Nov
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Close to 9.3 million students were enrolled in rural schools last year — nearly one in five public school students in the U.S. — and too few of those students have the educational resources that they need to succeed, according to a recent report by The Rural School and Community Trust. The organization’s ninth edition of its report on rural schools, Why Rural Matters 2018–19: The Time is Now, finds that despite the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress...

Audit finds state, LEAs not doing enough to identify and support students experiencing homelessness

12 Nov
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A new report from the State Auditor finds local educational agencies are not doing enough to identify youths experiencing homelessness, in turn limiting the opportunities to support these students. The report cites that many of these shortcomings stem from the California Department of Education’s inadequate oversight and management of the state’s homeless education program. Included in the Legislature-ordered audit is an interactive graphic that allows users to see how many students each LEA reported as being homeless in academic year...

State Board focuses on System of Support’s local impacts, ESSA compliance issues

11 Nov
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The Nov. 6 State Board of Education meeting featured presentations from two county offices of education involved in the State System of Support that explored how the connection between the work of lead agencies, COEs and local educational agencies can lead to positive outcomes for students. First, the State Board heard from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office on the Valley to Coast initiative, currently focusing on improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The county office is a geographic...

Leaders call for increased funding and K-14 partnerships to promote equity in schools

4 Nov
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A recent Public Policy Institute of California event brought together two of the state’s education heavyweights, State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, for a discussion on improving opportunities and enhancing outcomes for all students, and how partnerships between K-12 and community colleges can prepare those students for the future. To accomplish these goals, Darling-Hammond said policymakers must begin thinking of systemic solutions to the challenges both schools and students face. “I...