California will need an additional one million college graduates by 2025. To meet this challenge, California’s college and career pipeline must serve as a true pathway to post-secondary success for all California’s students. New data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) highlight major gaps in college opportunity for the low-income students and students of color who are the majority of California’s student population. Fortunately, these data also reveal high schools throughout California that are making progress in closing these opportunity gaps. To read more, click here.
Education reform advocates looking for an inspiring summer/fall read should pick up a copy of Diploma Matters: A Field Guide for College and Career Readiness. In the new book, author Linda Murray, Ph.D., shows how educational leaders from the district level on down can create schools that prepare all students for college and career. Murray is superintendent-in-residence at The Education Trust–West.
When white kids succeed in school but students of color are struggling, what can a principal do? The work of raising quality and forging equity begins with one core value: rigorous learning for all. Hear from a principal who walked into an underperforming school on Long Island and built a culture of high expectations, resulting in high student achievement. It took aiming to create the best hiring practices, professional and instruction.
Dr. Linda Murray & Dr. Tami Pearson
Presentation to Superintendents in San Diego County
San Diego, CA
OAKLAND, CA (August 18, 2009) – Results from the 2009 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) released today by the California Department of Education (CDE) show marginal statewide improvement across most grade levels and content areas. More students are demonstrating mastery of state standards than at any point since standards and assessments became fully aligned in 2003.
“We must and do acknowledge the hard work of teachers, administrators, students and parents in these gains.
Statement by The Education Trust—West on The Budget Conference Committee Vote to Eliminate the California High School Exit Exam
OAKLAND, CA (June 17, 2009) - “Yesterday’s vote by the state’s Budget Conference Committee to eliminate the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a graduation requirement represents a huge step backward for California’s schools and students. Attempting to dig our way out of the current fiscal crisis by pillaging our education system ensures that we will still be digging our way out of this same hole—or rather our children will—for many years to come.
SMALL GAINS, HUGE GAPS: The Education Trust—West's Statement on the Release of the 2009 California High School Exit Exam Results
OAKLAND, CA (September 2, 2009) – Results from the 2009 California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) released today by the California Department of Education (CDE) show marginal statewide improvement across both English and Math and for all ethnic groups throughout the state.
Overall, 90.6 percent of the class of 2009 passed the exam – a mere 0.2 percent higher than the class of 2008.