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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
Education Trust-West, 2015
This report examines how the nearly 1 million Black youth in California are faring from preschool through college and reveals the distressing disparities that newly released state and national data show persist at all levels of their educational journey. The report also highlights the groundbreaking efforts underway to reverse these trends in…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Achievement, Success, Academic Achievement
Education Trust-West, 2012
Effective teachers have an enormous impact on the lives of their students. Great teachers can help students who are behind academically catch up to grade-level expectations. By accelerating student performance, they can help close the opportunity and achievement gaps that cut short the college and career dreams of so many low-income students and…
Descriptors: School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Acceleration (Education), Achievement Gap
Hahnel, Carrie; Jackson, Orville – Education Trust-West, 2012
Effective teachers have an enormous impact on the lives of their students. Great teachers can help students who are behind academically catch up to grade-level expectations. By accelerating student performance, they can help close the opportunity and achievement gaps that cut short the college and career dreams of so many low-income students and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Access to Education, School Districts
Education Trust-West, 2011
This report finds that only five in ten graduates were college-ready in the districts studied and presents data finding that only one in ten graduates were both college and career-ready. Latino, African-American, and low-income students fared far worse than their more advantaged peers. The report calls for a more integrated and equitable approach…
Descriptors: High Schools, Courses, Graduates, Educational Change
Stuart, Lindsey; Hahnel, Carrie – Education Trust-West, 2011
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…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, School Districts, Low Income Groups
Hahnel, Carrie; Barondess, Heather; Ramanathan, Arun – Education Trust-West, 2011
California's students, particularly its poorest students, need great teachers. Unfortunately, California's seniority-based teacher layoff system puts adult privileges over student needs. Newer teachers are laid off first, regardless of how well they do their jobs. This system is especially damaging to schools serving the highest numbers of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Employment, Educational Policy
Education Trust-West, 2011
California's education system has long failed to meet the needs of the low-income students and students of color who are now a vast majority of the state's student population. To close persistent achievement gaps, the state must dramatically improve the learning outcomes of the highest-need students by leveraging proven strategies such as…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students, Minority Groups
Education Trust-West, 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 public schools. This report tracks the most recent data on Latino achievement in California and examines…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Students, Trend Analysis
Education Trust-West, 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. This report analyzes the most recent data on African-American achievement and opportunity gaps from the elementary grades through…
Descriptors: African American Achievement, African American Education, African American Students, Educational Assessment