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Education Trust-West, 2023
As California invests in early learning and care, the state is also moving forward with a long-overdue plan to build a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) -- known as the Cradle-to-Career (C2C) Data System -- which will eventually connect data over time and across sectors like education, health, human services, and the workforce. This is a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Young Children, Access to Education
Garrett-Scott, Dominique; Luft, Jana; Affeldt, John; De Leon, Rosa; Ram, Shilpa – Education Trust-West, 2023
Research shows that students derive both social-emotional and academic benefits from a diverse educator workforce. The state has taken notable steps to prioritize a more diverse educator workforce in recent years. These include: (1) convening a California Department of Education (CDE) Educator Diversity Advisory Group, tasked with offering…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Teacher Salaries
Education Trust-West, 2023
If the state of California finds the funds, the Cal Grant Reform Act--as enacted in the 2022 Budget Act--is to be implemented in 2024 to support hundreds of thousands of Californians in affording, accessing, and succeeding in higher education. Instead, the state has proposed adding more funding to the less equitable Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Investment, Paying for College
Education Trust-West, 2023
Dual enrollment (DuE) is an opportunity for high school students to take college-level courses. Participation in dual enrollment allows students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously; thus, decreasing students' time to complete a college degree and saving them tuition costs. Other questions answered in the guide include: (1) How…
Descriptors: High School Students, Dual Enrollment, College Credits, Advanced Placement
Education Trust-West, 2023
The governor of California recently proposed what he is calling an equity multiplier to be added to California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The proposal was a response to Assembly Bill 2774 (AB 2774), in which advocates called for resources to close the opportunity gap for Black students by adding a new statewide "lowest performing…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, State Legislation, Blacks
Education Trust-West, 2023
Despite some progress over the ensuing seven years and high aspirations for college and career success held by Black students and families, Black students continue to experience among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism, are the least likely to be supported to reach grade-level standards in math and reading, and graduate from high school and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, African American Students, Academic Achievement, Success
Education Trust-West, 2023
For far too long in California, remedial courses in California Community Colleges meant costly barriers to student success. Fortunately, recent legislation -- Assembly Bill 705 signed into law in 2017 -- requires these colleges to eliminate remedial courses and instead use research-backed strategies like corequisite support to help students…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Legislation, Required Courses, College Mathematics
Education Trust-West, 2022
For decades, remediation has kept predominantly Black and Latinx students in a detrimental cycle of spending tuition on coursework that does not count as a credit toward transferring or earning degrees. California Assembly Bill 705 was designed to tackle the inequitable challenges of remedial education at California's Community Colleges. However,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Remedial Instruction, Student Placement
Education Trust-West, 2022
Despite the major disruption the pandemic has caused for students, education leaders have an opportunity to re-imagine how strategies, like dual enrollment, can transform our systems and students' lives. In "Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California's Community Colleges," we analyze data from…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Equal Education, Educational Policy, Community Colleges
Education Trust-West, 2022
California is at a crossroads. The state continues to battle a global pandemic, disproportionately affecting Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native American students. Meanwhile, communities of color are leading a movement to force the state's leaders to acknowledge the persistence of racism. However, rhetoric is not enough. On nearly every indicator,…
Descriptors: Racism, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, English Language Learners
Zahner, William; Wynn, Lynda; Kayser, Abigail Amoako – Education Trust-West, 2022
Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California K-12 schools is an English Learner, yet our latest research in brief finds that the majority of teachers across the state are not being given the resources and support they need to effectively teach math to the hundreds of thousands of emerging bilingual students. The study, California Mathematics…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Mathematics Instruction, English Language Learners, English (Second Language)
Education Trust-West, 2022
In addition to the cross-cutting need to improve adequacy and equity in education investments, this policy agenda presents the current statewide priorities of The Education Trust-West, who continues to advocate for investments, policies, and practices through research, reports, events, and legislative efforts while engaging with educators,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Race, Social Justice, State Policy
Education Trust-West, 2021
Access to early learning before kindergarten has wide-ranging positive effects for children--effects that are evident from a child's early years into adulthood. Despite these facts being well-known within many education spaces, children from low-income families and children of color lack consistent access to public early learning programs. This…
Descriptors: School Districts, Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance)
Education Trust-West, 2021
While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all families and communities, it is most deeply impacting students of color, students from low-income families, English learners, youth in foster care, unhoused students, students with disabilities, and other marginalized children and youth -- as well as their families. The pandemic has exposed and worsened…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Equal Education, Disadvantaged Youth, School Districts
Education Trust-West, 2021
In 2021, California made historic investments in early learning to expand transitional kindergarten (TK) to serve all of California's 4-year-olds. Transitional kindergarten began in California in 2012 as a free public school program for 4-year-olds who were not yet eligible for kindergarten (a non-compulsory grade). Yet by 2019, just 28 percent of…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Kindergarten, State Policy, Preschool Education
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