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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
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, 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
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
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
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, 2015
Showing early indicators of increased graduation rates and college readiness among students of color and low-income students, Linked Learning has the potential to be even more impactful when integrated with Common Core and other new California standards. This report examines promising strategies being employed at nine California school districts.…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards, At Risk Students
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
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