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Ruffalo, Rachel – Education Trust-West, 2018
Wide and persistent gaps in math achievement separate English learners from their English-proficient peers. The consequences of these gaps are severe and long lasting. Without a solid foundation in math, students are less likely to access and excel in college preparatory math and science classes in high school. Without high-level math classes in…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Academic Achievement
Education Trust-West, 2018
In January, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2018-19 proposed budget, which includes a proposal to dramatically change the way California funds its community colleges. This student-focused funding formula would allocate resources based, in part, on student needs and community college district performance. If implemented well, this approach would…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Educational Equity (Finance), Funding Formulas
Education Trust-West, 2018
Nearly 10 million students are enrolled in California's schools, colleges, and universities. These students will benefit from the steps California policymakers have taken to shift more systems toward equity -- including adopting more rigorous K-12 standards, adopting an English learner roadmap, implementing the Local Control Funding Formula for…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Students
Education Trust-West, 2018
During California's 2017-18 legislative cycle, 75 introduced bills mentioned the Cal Grant program -- evidence of lawmakers' strong interest in the state's free college aid program. Unfortunately, the majority of the bills that would have made the most significant changes for low-income and vulnerable students did not become law. The Cal Grant was…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, State Aid, Access to Education
Wheatfall-Lum, Natalie – Education Trust-West, 2018
"Paving the Path to College Aid: Expanding Access to the Cal Grant Program" looks at promising practices for increasing Cal Grant application rates, including the initial implementation of AB 2160, a new law introduced by Assembly member Phil Ting and sponsored by Ed Trust-West, to streamline the Cal Grant application process by…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, State Aid, State Legislation
Education Trust-West, 2017
In December 2017, the California Department of Education released the new California School Dashboard, replacing the field test version from March 2017. The web-based dashboard includes new, up-to-date data and comes with higher stakes than the earlier version. Using multiple color-coded measures, with Red representing the lowest rating and Blue…
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Districts, State Departments of Education, Report Cards
Feldman, Sarah; Malagon, Verónica Flores – Education Trust-West, 2017
What would it actually look like for district or state leaders to prioritize equity for English learners in standards implementation? Because the science and English Language Development (ELD) standards are relatively new--and the idea of coordinated implementation even more so--the authors turned to the data. The first goal was to see what data…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Science Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
Chen, Theresa; Hahnel, Carrie – Education Trust-West, 2017
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promised to give more resources to the students who need the most: English learners, foster youth, and low-income students. So, how well is California's new education funding system delivering on that promise? The Education Trust-West's report, "The Steep Road to Resource Equity in California…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Resource Allocation
Education Trust-West, 2017
California's draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan is now open for public comment. As the plan was reviewed, five primary things came into focus. This report discusses how the state did, what is in the plan and what still needs to be done to strengthen protections and services for low-income students, students of color, and other…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, State Policy, Statewide Planning
Education Trust-West, 2017
Educational opportunities and outcomes for California's Latino students have improved over the last half century. Even so, Latino students continue to face barriers in opportunity that make it harder for them to achieve college, career, and future success. The goal of this report is to describe what Latino students currently experience in…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Quality
Wolf, Leni – Education Trust-West, 2017
Almost one out of every three K-12 public school students in California is a Latino, Black, Native American, or Pacific Islander male--making it clear that the economic future of the state will hinge on the ability to help the millions of boys and young men in education institutions succeed in high school, college, and beyond. But in order to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Students, Males, Success
Education Trust-West, 2017
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promised to give more resources to the students who need the most: English learners, foster youth, and low-income students. So, how well is California's new education funding system delivering on that promise? The Education Trust-West's report, "The Steep Road to Resource Equity in California…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Resource Allocation
Chen, Theresa – Education Trust-West, 2016
On July 1, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's landmark Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law. In addition to providing districts with greater control over how to spend funds, LCFF marked a tremendous opportunity for educational equity. The new funding law gave districts additional resources, called supplemental and concentration…
Descriptors: Accountability, School District Autonomy, Budgets, Budgeting
Wolf, Leni – Education Trust-West, 2015
In today's fast-moving and interconnected world, high school and college graduates must be able to think critically and generate creative solutions to address complex problems. With the world producing new knowledge at an exponential rate, we cannot anticipate what all these future challenges will be. Without a doubt, they will impact a society…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Low Income Students
Banks, Amber; LaFors, Jeannette – Education Trust-West, 2015
Schools around California are implementing the new Common Core State Standards. In math specifically, where significant disparities in proficiency exist for African American, Latino, and low-income students as compared to their white, Asian and higher-income peers, these new standards provide an opportunity to close achievement and opportunity…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Education, Best Practices, Barriers
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