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Equity Alert: 2009 API Rankings Reveal Unequal Access to California’s Best Schools

Equity Alert: 2009 API Rankings Reveal Unequal Access to California’s Best Schools

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This inaugural Equity Alert highlights California’s newest statewide rankings and uncovers all-too familiar achievement gaps. The state’s 2009 Base Annual Performance Index (API) data and statewide rankings reveal that race and class continue to play a substantial role in shaping educational opportunity, and that systemic inequity is pervasive in California’s schools. The report outlines actions state policymakers and education leaders can take to address these patterns of inequity. These actions include: implementing policies to identify, recruit and retain highly-effective teachers and principals; ensuring that high-need students have access to the supports and interventions they need from the earliest grades; and providing additional resources to the state’s lowest performing schools in exchange for greater accountability.

To read the full report, see the attachment below.

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Publication date: 
June 24 2010