Month: April 2011

Gaps Widen in 8th Grade Achievement Subgroups

The Center on Education Policy released the results of it study of state test score trends on April 5, 2011.  Key findings include the fact that achievement at grade 8 has gone up on most state tests; the percentages of 8th graders reaching the basic, proficient, and advanced levels are on par with the other grades (4th and high school) analyzed; at the advanced level, gaps have widened across sub-groups; and Asian American performance at the advanced level has outpaced other subgroups. Contrary to the perception that 8th-grade achievement is stagnating, a new analysis by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) …

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Education Trust Awards Season is Here

Pictured: Ambassadors Program: The California GEAR UP Educational Trust Award is unique in that it is given during the middle grades, as early motivation for students and their families. This $2,000 award is tangible evidence of our belief that with support and encouragement, college is not only possible, but attainable for all students. The Ambassador program was created so that Trust Award recipients now in college can share their experiences with middle school students, middle school staff, and other organizations. The California GEAR UP model provides school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career …

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Gov Shutdown Looms, GEAR UP Funding in Jeopardy

As part of a plan to slash more than $100 billion from the president’s proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2011, House Republicans have passed a bill that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Education by $4.9 billion, an 8 percent reduction compared to 2010 spending. In an article in Education Week, Joel Packer, former director of educational policy and practice at the National Education Association said the House cuts “absolutely would be the largest cuts ever in history for education programs.” Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said in a statement: The GOP approach “would …

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Partner Spotlight: UC Davis EAOP

One of our many long lasting and successful statewide partnerships has been with UC Davis, EAOP (early academic outreach programs). We’ve worked with Director Timoteo Rico for year, and we had a chance to interview him as part of our ongoing partner spotlight series. CGU: How did you get into Early Academic Outreach and why are you passionate about it? TR: During my undergraduate education, I was employed with EAOP by Shelley Davis and her team as a Undergraduate Outreach Assistant, and I have had the opportunity to introduce a variety of outreach strategies that has positively influenced a student’s …

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