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



California's Race to the Top: A Road Map for Round Two

Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to win Round One of the race to the Top (RTTT) competition, thanks to their bold and innovative education-reform plans and a keen focus on improving student outcomes. These two states, as well as the 14 others chosen as finalists in the competition, have blazed a path for the rest of the nation.

Although California’s size, diversity, and financial situation do set it apart, its uniqueness does not mean the state has nothing to learn from the promising reform plans submitted by other states.

This “Road Map for Round Two” of the RTTT competition analyzes why California lost, how other states did better, and what California can and should do differently to win in the second round. The clock is running down; the stakes are high. The state should swiftly move to take advantage of opportunities to get back in the game.

Publication date: 
April 20 2010

California Department of Education, List of Lowest Performing Schools

Publication date: 
March 15 2010

Joint Letter Between Alliance for a Better Community and The Education Trust—West on California's Race to the Top Eligibility

The Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) and The Education Trust -- West (ETW) -- two organizations leading statewide education reform efforts -- applaud key measures in recent legislation that increase California's competitiveness for Race to the Top funds.  Critical reform areas include provisions to: provide alternate credentialing paths; increase the quality of instruction in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math; allow revisions to the Academic Performance Index (API) that add college and career readiness measures; and allow for the removal of the firewall that links student and teacher data to support instruction while allowing researchers to access state education data. 

Publication date: 
February 1 2010

Persistent Challenges and Paths Forward: Achievement in California 2009

On Tuesday August 18th the California Department of Education released the 2009 student achievement data from the Standardized Testing and Reporting program. Performance levels rise slowly, and the proportion of students performing to grade level tick incrementally upward.

Publication date: 
August 19 2009 (All day)

California at the Crossroads: Embracing the CAHSEE and Moving Forward

It will come as no surprise to most of you that the EdTrust—West supports the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). We’ve been one of the only organizations — and perhaps the only civil rights organization — that does. Our decision didn’t come easy. The CAHSEE is by far the most wrenching issue any organization that cares about making public education work better for poor kids and kids of color has to contend with. Why?

Publication date: 
April 18 2009 (All day)

Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps: Where are we? What do we need to do?

Kilian Betlach
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Publication date: 
April 8 2009 (All day)

Pop Quiz for Parents

  • How effective are your child’s teachers?
  • Does your child receive the same resources as other California students?
  • Are ineffective education program wasting our tax dollars?

If you can’t answer these questions, you’re not alone.  If you want answers to these questions, click on the below document

Publication date: 
April 4 2009 (All day)

Improving Achievement , Closing Gaps, and Preventing Dropouts: Where are we? What do we need to do?

Kilian Betlach
Orange County Dropout Prevention Summitt
Anaheim, CA

Publication date: 
February 19 2009 (All day)

Beyond Bells & Whistles - The Relentless Structure that Fosters Dramatic Achievement

Kilian Betlach
Zap the Gap
San Mateo County Office of Education

Publication date: 
January 26 2009 (All day)

A Snapshot of High Schools in the Oakland Unified School District

California’s high schools are in crisis. Many students never graduate at all and, of those that do, too many are woefully ill-prepared for life after high school. The picture is even more alarming for students in the Oakland Unified School District.

Publication date: 
September 18 2008 (All day)