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Agenda at a Glance

Agenda at a Glance

The Education Trust-West 2014 Policy Agenda

The past several years have jolted California’s education system like never before. Seismic shifts in school finance, standards, curriculum, and instruction sent shockwaves through our state’s education policy landscape. Long-familiar landmarks in school finance, accountability, and assessment were replaced by a host of new initiatives, including the Local Control Funding Formula, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. In the coming years, as they ripple through our education system, these new initiatives have the potential to shift California’s focus more towards equity and close our state’s achievement and opportunity gaps. But we also know that without close attention to equitable implementation, these initiatives could widen existing gaps and create new fissures between our highest need students and their more advantaged peers. In our 2014 Policy Agenda, we recommend steps that policymakers should take in four core policy areas to ensure that students of color, low-income students, and English learners benefit from the changes in our education landscape.

Publication date: 
February 14 2014

The Education Trust-West Releases 2013 Policy Agenda

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

The year 2013 will be a pivotal one for education reform in California. In the coming months, our education leaders will be asked to grapple with efforts to improve teacher evaluation; the state’s education finance system; the implementation of new, more rigorous standards; and district and school accountability systems.

The Education Trust-West 2013 Policy Agenda

The year 2013 jolted California’s education system. Seismic shifts in school finance, standards, curriculum, and instruction sent shockwaves through our state’s education policy landscape.Long-familiar landmarks such as revenue limits, categorical programs, and STAR assessments were replaced by a host of new initiatives with acronyms that Californians are starting to become familiar with, including the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium (SBAC), the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In advance of the release of our 2014 Policy Agenda later this month, our 2013 Policy Agenda is available here for you to review. Many of these new initiatives fall into areas we have already been working in. The changes that were made have the potential to shift California’s education landscape towards equity and to help close our state’s achievement and opportunity gaps; however, we also know that without close attention to equitable implementation, these initiatives could widen existing gaps and create fissures between our highest need students and their more advantaged peers.

Publication date: 
February 21 2013

Advancing Educational Equity and Excellence in California: The Education Trust—West 2012 Policy Agenda

This year, 2012, promises to be a pivotal one for California’s students. From Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to reform our education finance system, to competing ballot initiatives to raise more funds for schools, to efforts to change the school accountability system, our elected officials will grapple with a host of high-stakes decisions with long-term impact.

At risk is our state’s economic future. To meet the demands of our economy, California will need one million more college graduates by 2025 than our education system is on track to produce. We cannot achieve this target without dramatically expanding college and career opportunities for the students of color and low-income students who are the overwhelming majority in California’s classrooms. As state leaders make critical choices about the future of our education system, they must correct the inequities that have led to unacceptable gaps in opportunity and achievement.

Publication date: 
April 6 2012

Ed Trust—West Grades and Ranks California’s Large, Unified School Districts to Reveal How Well They Are Serving their African-American, Latino and Low-income Students

(OAKLAND, CA) Today, The Education Trust—West launches its California District Report Cards website featuring a new online tool and releases an accompanying publication titled, A Report on District Achievement: How Low-income, African-American, and Latino Students Fare in California School Districts.  Both provide grades and rankings for the state’s largest unified districts on four indicators that reveal how well they are serving their Latino, African-American, and low-income students.  Through this unique online tool, the public can look up any one of the 146 largest unified school districts across the state to learn more about the overall performance, improvement over time, size of achievement gaps, and college readiness rates for these students.