The Education Trust-West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college.

Publications

Publications

Infographic & Presentation: California's Education System: Is it Fair?

A startling new infographic and presentation from The EducationTrust—West (ETW) exposes previously hidden gaps in California’s college and career pipeline, impacting more than four million students. Combining new data from the U.S.

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August 28 2012

EQUITY ALERT: 2011 California District Report Cards

Just as students receive report cards that measure their performance and progress in school, The Education Trust – West develops annual report cards that grade California school districts on how well they serve their Latino, African-American, and low-income students. This brief summarizes the findings of our second annual district report cards.

Publication date: 
March 22 2012

A Report Card on District Achievement: How Low-income, African-American, and Latino Students Fare in California School Districts

In this report, The Education Trust—West grades the 146 largest unified school districts in California on four key indicators of student performance to see how well they are serving their African-American, Latino, and low-income students. While most districts in California earn Cs and Ds on these indicators, some districts prove that more is possible.

Publication date: 
April 27 2011

Futures At Risk: The Story of Latino Student Achievement in California, 2010

The educational success of Latino students is critical to the prosperity and vitality of California and the nation. The state has more than three million Latino students in its classrooms, accounting for roughly half of all the children in our public schools. Put in the larger national context, there are more Latino students in California than the total student population in each of the 48 other states. By 2020, Latinos are projected to be California’s majority population. Yet California’s education system has not served Latino students well—particularly those from low-income families.

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September 13 2010

Opportunity Lost: The Story of African-American Achievement in California, 2010

California touts some of the highest educational standards in the country. Yet when it comes to the state’s African-American students, these standards have proved to be little more than a mirage, forever out of reach. Over the past decade, the achievement gap between African-American and white students has barely budged. On nearly every benchmark of learning and achievement, African-American students trail their white peers.

Publication date: 
September 13 2010

EQUITY ALERT: Ed Trust-West Analyzes Latest Results from 2010 California Standards Test

Today’s Equity Alert shines a spotlight on the latest results from the 2010 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR). With state leaders and school district officials touting improved proficiency rates, this alert looks beyond the spin to reveal what the data really shows about student performance in California.  While there have been measured gains, the slow and incremental progress is not sufficient to close the opportunity and achievement gaps plaguing low-income students and students of color. The Equity Alert shows how unacceptably slow achievement gaps are narrowing and provides recommendations for moving the state beyond rhetoric to real concrete solutions.

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August 19 2010

Overlooked and Underserved: Debunking the Asian “Model Minority” Myth

For too long, California’s policymakers and educators have paid scant attention to the academic performance of the state’s Asian, Filipino, and Pacific Islander students. Comprising 12 percent of the total student population, these three are among the state’s fastest growing racial and ethnic groups. Together, they constitute the third-largest student group after Latinos and whites.

Many observers consider Asian-American students a “model minority.” That is, according to this view, even though Asian and Pacific Islanders are racial and ethnic minorities, and many often are first-generation or low-income students, their work ethic and intellectual drive ensures success in school.

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August 12 2010

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

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.

Publication date: 
June 24 2010

Keeping the Promise of Change: Why California's chronically underperforming schools need bold reform

Albert Einstein once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." If his assertion is true, then the recent history of California’s school-improvement efforts paints a picture of sheer madness.

For more than a decade, California has tossed hundreds of millions of dollars at low-performing schools in a series of unproductive "reform" initiatives. Instead of drilling down to fix the conditions that create a cycle of under-performance, these programs have skimmed the surface of school improvement and produced minimal gains.

Publication date: 
May 12 2010