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ERIC Number: ED535308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
English Articulation between the San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco. Youth Data Archive Issue Brief
Gurantz, Oded
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities
San Francisco's Bridge to Success (BtS) initiative brings together the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and key community organizations to promote postsecondary success for underrepresented students. Various working groups, each comprised of staff from both SFUSD and CCSF and focused on a different part of students' educational trajectories, can request cross-agency analyses from the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC) at Stanford University to help make policy or programmatic changes to improve youth outcomes. At the request of BtS leadership and the English teaching team, the JGC used its Youth Data Archive to examine the relationship between students' high school English performance at SFUSD and their performance on CCSF's English placement test for incoming students. This analysis found that common measures of students' academic preparation in high school, such as GPA (Grade Point Average), CST (California Standards Test) proficiency levels (e.g. Proficient or Advanced), and EAP (Early Assessment Program) results, did not accurately predict placement into college-level English at CCSF. A key issue is that misalignment between CCSF's English placement exam and the CST, which tests high school state standards, can leave high school students unclear as to whether they are on-track for college-level coursework. The few students who placed into college-level English at CCSF are those who scored in the upper range of the Advanced proficiency level on the CST ELA exam in 11th grade. (Contains 6 exhibits and 4 footnotes.)
John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Stanford University, 505 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. Tel: 650-723-3099; Fax: 650-736-7160; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Authoring Institution: Stanford University, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC)