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Education Trust-West, 2020
This Equity Alert discusses why goal setting matters for improving how colleges serve students of color and low-income students, and it shares guiding principles advocates can use to help ensure each college's goals: (1) are accessible and transparent to all stakeholders; (2) focus on closing equity gaps; (3) have engaged their community and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, Low Income Students
Education Trust-West, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented education equity crisis in California. Since mid-March, almost all California schools and colleges have closed in response to the pandemic, requiring education leaders and administrators to stretch their resources to create or improve distance learning plans, support students' basic needs, and…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Education Trust-West, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented education equity crisis in California. K-12 schools continue to remain closed and it is yet unclear if they will re open in the fall. Similarly, the University of California and California's Community Colleges have not yet announced a systemwide decision, but the California State University's…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Education Trust-West, 2020
Schools must address the impact of the prolonged closures due to COVID-19 on the linguistic and academic development of California's dual language learners (DLLs) and English learners (ELs). Fully 44 percent of school-aged California children speak a non-English language at home; for children ages 0-5, the proportion is around 60 percent. While it…
Descriptors: Equal Education, English Language Learners, Bilingual Students, Student Needs
Education Trust-West, 2020
The Education Trust-West partnered with Global Strategy Group to conduct a poll that tested a long list of potential concerns among parents amidst the coronavirus pandemic and found academic concerns rose to the top. Key findings in this infographic include: (1) In the immediate aftermath of school closures, California parents give positive…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
Education Trust-West, 2020
Structural racism and class-based inequities help shape career and educational opportunities for women in the United States. As women make career and education gains, women of color (WOC) do not have access to the same level of opportunity. This report shares findings from interviews with parenting and unhoused WOC who attend the California State…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Social Bias, Females, Career Development
Education Trust-West, 2020
For over 5 years, The Education Trust-West's #Data4ThePeople campaign has been a statewide effort to ensure California builds a data system that is designed with achieving equity and the needs of students, parents, and families at the center. Now with school and college closures caused by COVID-19 posing a real challenge to data accessibility and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Closing, COVID-19, Data Collection
Nellum, Christopher J. – Education Trust-West, 2019
California needs better data on the state's education systems to uncover and remedy systemic, long-standing racial and socioeconomic inequities. To create more just institutions, students, families, policymakers, educators, and advocates need access to quality, disaggregated data that allows them to answer questions about how well the state's…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Policy, Longitudinal Studies
Education Trust-West, 2019
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), every state must develop a plan to provide a quality education to all students, hold schools accountable for how all students achieve, and identify and help schools that are struggling. It matters greatly how California designs its accountability system and supports school improvement. Getting this…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education
Education Trust-West, 2019
With Governor Newsom's signature on the state budget in June 2019, California is finally on the path to joining the majority of other states in the country who have robust data systems. Having this administration provide funding to begin to build and maintain a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) is an important win. Advocates have been…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Data Collection, Equal Education, Family Involvement
Wu, Tyler – Education Trust-West, 2019
California is fortunate to be the 5th largest economy in the world with an abundance of resources and diverse talent. Among those resources are our state colleges, which are not only premier institutions, but they are also changing lives and communities. Access to financial aid is critical for low-income students and students of color who want to…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, State Aid, High School Seniors
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
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