ERIC Number: EJ771717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Fulfilling the Commitment: Excellence for All Students
Barron, Ruben; Sanchez, Francisca S.
Leadership, v36 n3 p8-10, 32 Jan-Feb 2007
Today, over a third of the nation's English language learners attend school in California, where they comprise more than a quarter of all its students. However, one million 18- to 24-year old Californians, about 30 percent of this age group, do not have a high school diploma. Regarding high school graduation rates, California ranks 45th among the 50 states. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in California, for every 100 students who enter ninth grade, only 70 graduate from high school in four years, only 37 enter college, only 25 are still enrolled in college after their sophomore year, and only 19 earn a degree within six years of entering college. These patterns disproportionately impact low-income people, communities of color, English learners and immigrants. Because the young people who are least well-served by California's education system are also the fastest growing segment of this age population, without immediate and sustained leadership this crisis can only worsen. California is getting these results because it has a system in place that is structured to repeat certain differential patterns of behavior vis-a-vis the various groups of student they serve. These patterns include differential access to opportunities to learn, to qualified and experienced teachers, to best instructional practices and to aligned and valid assessments. In this article, the author suggests six concrete actions to be taken by California to meet the academic needs of all its students.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Graduation Rate, English (Second Language), Academic Achievement, High School Graduates, Disproportionate Representation, Leadership Responsibility, High Risk Students, Student Needs, Teacher Competencies, Administrator Role, High School Students, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California