With only half of California students applying, hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid is potentially going untapped. Our California Financial Aid Tracker allows you to see how well California high schools and districts are doing in getting students to complete applications for college financial aid.
The Common Core State Standards and statewide assessments scheduled for 2014-15, The Education Trust-West has created an easy to use checklist to help districts and schools equitably implement the Common Core. Visitors will also find additional resources based on best practices nationally and in California.
Thanks to you and our many supporters, The Education Trust—West has helped build a movement among parents, advocates, communities and educators to reform California’s education system so that all of our students can achieve their college and career dreams.
With your support, we published groundbreaking research on teacher effectiveness, school finance, and access to college and career-ready coursework. We exposed inequities harming low-income students and communities of color. We championed innovative practices that are closing opportunity and achievement gaps in local districts and charter schools. We advocated for legislative and policy changes that would create a more equitable education system. And we successfully fought against those policies and special interests seeking to stifle and destroy innovative efforts benefiting students.
Every year, half a million 12th graders pass through the halls of California’s high schools on their way to college and a career. For many, including many who excel academically, the path to college is blocked by a daunting price tag and limited family means. Fortunately, many more students are seeking out the federal and state financial aid that can reduce those barriers as they pursue their college aspirations. College financial aid application rates rose to 61 percent for FAFSA (from 54 percent) and 58 percent for Cal Grants (from 50 percent) for the 12th grade class of 2013.
In July 2013, California dramatically reformed the way we fund our schools. The new law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), replaces an outdated and unfair education funding system. In order to ensure LCFF keeps it promise of educational justice, we need your help. Join our campaign. Send letters to our state leaders. Tell them not to let special interests take money away from the kids who need it the most. Go to FairShare4Kids.org to learn more.
Diploma Matters: A Field Guide for College and Career Readiness (Jossey-Bass) is written for practitioners who believe fully that the K-12 experience should prepare all students equally well for the full array of opportunities that await them after high school. Whatever they choose, high school graduates should be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will make them successful in both college and careers.
This field guide is intended to help state leaders, district superintendents, principals, and other site and district leaders gain a deep understanding of what it takes to ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to a rigorous course of study that leads to college and career readiness. It can also be a useful resource in the higher education arena as part of teacher preparation and administrator leadership programs.
Readers will find a "toolkit" developed by The Education Trust-West. The tools in the kit help school leaders and teachers examine the current high school experience (Educational Opportunity Audit), and then develop a detailed action plan (Blueprint) to transform curriculum so that their students are ready for college and work.
The Educational Opportunity Audit as described in Chapter 5 Diploma Matters by Dr. Linda Murray requires examination of many artifacts that collectively paint the picture of where you are with respect to preparing your students for college and career as they graduate from high school. They are used to examine what the current journey through high school looks like, outcomes for students as they progress through the grades, and what practices and policies are in place that result in access or lack of access to demanding coursework.