Month: August 2010

WestEd: Improving Educational Outcomes for Hispanic Children

A new report from SchoolsMovingUp discusses closing the achievement gap for hispanic students. Here are some of the recommendations: Federal level: Recognize and share with colleagues that the majority of Hispanic children in ELL classes are U.S. citizens by birth Clearly define Limited English Proficient (LEP) and former LEP students in Title III of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Create a 50-state consortium to share best practices and develop common academic standards, assessment, and reclassification procedures Recommend teacher education policy to ensure all current teachers and teacher candidates learn about second language and literacy acquisition, reading across the content areas, and …

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Lessons in Reading Reform, CAHSEE Success from PPIC

Two interesting reports released by the Public Policy Institute of California we’d like to share with you. The first is on the California High School Exit Examination and how student success can be determined as early as fourth grade. The report suggests a philosophy shared by California GEAR UP, that providing resources to struggling students in early grades will be a more effective way to improve achievement than the current approach of focusing on students in the last year of high school. The report suggests the following (read report for full recommendations): Develop an “early warning” system to forecast which …

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More Minorities Taking ACT But Gaps Remain

Being widely reported across California, ACT has announced the scores of the graduating class of 2010.  While hispanic students showed an increase in college readiness, their scores continue to fall short of those necessary to be successful in college. “A record number of California students took the ACT college readiness examination in 2010…While the percentage of ACT-tested California graduates who are ready for college coursework is higher compared to five years ago, the findings indicate that there are still too many high school graduates who are not ready to succeed in college-level work. The ACT results also provide further evidence …

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L.A. Times: Who’s Teaching L.A.’s Kids?

Teacher ‘effectiveness’ is the topic of what has become a very controversial article in the August 14 issue of the Los Angeles Times. Seven years worth of math and English data was obtained and analyzed from Los Angeles Unified School District using a statistical approach called ‘value added analysis’ which rates teachers based on their students’ progress on standardized tests from year to year. Each student’s performance is compared with his or her own in past years, which largely controls for outside influences often blamed for academic failure: poverty, prior learning and other factors. The LA Times analysis includes a …

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RTI Announces GEAR UP Implementation Awards

In fall 2007, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) began design work for what is known as the Next Generation of GEAR UP Evaluations. In the summer of 2009, RTI issued a call for statements of interests from grantees on behalf of the department of ED for planning awards to develop proposals to evaluate short‐term outcomes of an innovative or promising practice in one of three priority areas: 1. services to support the transition of 8th-grade GEAR UP cohort members into high school and support for achieving 9th-grade success, such as a summer bridge program and/or intrusive 9th-grade support; 2. …

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Save the Date: National GEAR UP Day Announced for Sept. 30

September 30, 2010 SAVE THE DATE!! Last year we celebrated the first annual National GEAR UP Day which marked 10 years of successful and transformative college access programs across the country. This year we are pleased to announce National GEAR UP Day will be celebrated on September 30, 2010. GEAR UP schools and partnerships celebrated in a number of ways: Dinners and luncheons hosting local elected officials and GEAR UP community supporters. Letter writing campaign announcing 10 years of GEAR UP to your community and politicians Creation of a “GEAR UP Dreams Wall” to share students college aspirations National GEAR …

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Gearing Up for Excellence with YLS

One of the highlights of this year’s national conference was the Gearing Up for Excellence Youth Leadership Summit. Gearing Up for Excellence has been working with GEAR UP programs and NCCEP since 2003 to provide youth training, teacher development, and professional speakers. Some of the highlights of this years National Conference YLS can be seen on their website HERE. GEAR UP isn’t about just one thing that happens just one time and then you are on your own. It’s 5,6,7 year commitment not simply offering, but maximizing from the available resources. Having worked with tens of thousands GEAR UP students …

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