Latinos Now Largest Share of SAT® Scores in California

SACRAMENTO—SAT® results released today by California GEAR UP Partner The College Board show that for the first time, Latino students in California public* schools represented a larger percentage of SAT test-takers than any other ethnic group.

Reflecting the state’s growing diversity, nearly 70 percent of California’s public school test-takers in the Class of 2012 were minority students, and of those, 36 percent—or 69,832 students—were Latino. This compares to 29 percent—or 56,590 test-takers—who were white; 22 percent—or 42,121 test-takers—who were Asian; and 7 percent—or 13,101 test-takers—who were African American.

“It’s wonderful to see the diversity of California reflected among our highest-achieving students and those who have their sights set on a college education,” Torlakson said.

Nearly half of public school SAT takers in California reported that English was not exclusively their first language and that their parents’ highest level of education was a high school diploma or less.

Some 194,425 California public school students—or 50 percent—of seniors in this year’s class took the test at some point during their high school careers, which is a 2 percentage-point gain from last year and an 8 percentage-point gain over 10 years, The College Board data showed.

Nationally, 1,664,479 members of the class of 2012 (of which 1,284,459 attended public schools) took the SAT, considered a precursor to college admission. Statewide, a total of 231,964 students attending either public or private California high schools took the test.

Among California public school students in 2012 compared to last year, the mean writing score decreased 3 points to 491; the mean critical reading scores dropped 3 points to 491, and the mean math score dropped 3 points to 510.

The increase in the participation rate may have resulted in the decline of the mean scores, The College Board said.

Students from the California class of 2012 who took the SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests™ sent score reports to a total of 2,823 institutions, and 58 percent of students indicated they planned to attain a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, while 23 percent would like to attain a doctoral degree.

More information is available on The College Board and the SAT Web site.

SAT results at the county, district, and school levels are not a part of today’s national release but will be available later this year on the CDE Postsecondary Preparation Web page.

The College Board is a strategic partner of California GEAR UP and provides professional development services across California to GEAR UP Schools. For more information check out our website. 

 

* Please note that nearly all of the statistics used in this CDE News Release are taken from California public school results only.

 

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National GEAR UP Week California Roundup

 

 

National GEAR UP Week is September 10-14, 2012. Across the nation and in California, school communities will mark this occasion through activities, contests, college fairs and other events in celebration of college access for ALL students.

This year’s celebrations truly serve as an acknowledgement of the wonderful (and hard) work that you do every day to get our students ready to enter and succeed in college and beyond.  Everyone participated, from the U.S. Secretary of Education; to Members of Congress (shout out to Rep. Chaka Fattah and Sen. Patty Murray); to Governors; Mayors; other elected officials; NBA starsthe media; community partners; local businesses; university sports teams; parents; teachers; faculty; staff; and most importantly… our students.

Here in California, schools celebrated across the state including Jackman Middle School’s Dream Wall, Berendos Middle School was ‘expecting more‘, Happy Valley Elementary hosted an ice cream social where families were invited to eat and visit with their student’s teachers and other families where they set up an information table with a college awareness trivia game. Vista Middle School launched College Mondays event during lunch and students participated in college awareness and A through G activities.

Hudson Middle School held weeklong activities that included NGUW writing prompts, College Wear Day, and the ever popular Dream Wall. The Accelerated School held a great college pledge banner that all students signed.

Tincher Middle School held activities every day: Monday/Tuesday: Teachers revisit College Vocabulary and students do their own vocabulary based activity and teachers will have students write a “College Goal” using the Baldrige goal setting tools. Wednesday/Thursday: College door or window decorating contest. -Friday: Announce winner of Door/Window contest and College Spirit Wear Day.

Madrid Middle School in El Monte made a College Chain made from students who completed a slip, “I want to go to college because ______________.”  The slips were stapled together to make the chain that ran throughout the hallways.  On Friday the students and staff will wear college clothes.

California GEAR UP proclamation ceremonies were held at a luncheon hosted by Elk Grove Unified School District and attended by Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on College Access, community leaders, board members, principals and teachers, students and GEAR UP staff.

GEAR UP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education, developed to provide school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career choices after high school. Since 1999, California GEAR UP has effectively served over 300 schools across the state by providing local and efficient community based services.

Have a GEAR UP story or National GEAR UP Week event you want to share? Email sean.brennan@ucop.edu with stories and pictures!

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National GEAR UP Week Message from Rep. Chaka Fattah

Congressman Fattah, the architect of the successful national college readiness and access program GEAR UP celebrates GEAR UP Week and thanks students, program staff, families and partner organizations for their hard work!

September 10-14, 2012  is  National GEAR UP Week, an event highlighting the positive impact that GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), has had on students, families, schools, and communities since Congress authorized the program thirteen years ago. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP programs, schools, families, and partners across the country will celebrate throughout the week of September 10-14, 2012 and beyond.

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Torlakson Invites Comment on New Career Technical Standards

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today invited the public to comment on the new Career Technical Education (CTE) Model Curriculum Standards.

“I want all students to have the skills they need for demanding careers or the rigors of college after graduating from high school,” said Torlakson. “That’s why it is so important for all Californians have input on these new standards to assure that our students have the best programs to help them succeed and prepare for the future.”

A standard is defined as the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. State law requires the development and adoption of CTE standards that incorporate the integration of career technical and academic education. The new CTE standards are written for grades seven through twelve. They specify learning goals in 59 career pathways organized around 15 industry sectors.

The new standards build on the previous CTE standards and were created with input from more than 300 people from business, industry, labor, postsecondary, and secondary education sectors, and were reviewed by others in the education community.

These draft standards are written to demand high-quality coursework for students to complete on their way to a future career and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS were developed through a state-led initiative, including California, to establish consistent, clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics across the nation.

The new CTE standards will help better inform instructors as they prepare lesson plans for students who are exploring various career paths. They are also designed to better engage and prepare students to master the demands necessary to compete and excel in the technologically advanced workplace of the 21st century.

The new standards are available for review on the California Department of Education’s Web page at CTE Model Curriculum Standards. People may provide written comment by completing an online form found on the same Web page, or they may comment at one of two public hearings.

1.    September 17, 2012, noon to 3 p.m., Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 South Bixel Ave., Los Angeles.

2.    September 19, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., California Department of Education, 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento.

The comment period ends September 19, 2012. The new standards will be revised based on these comments, and then the final version will be submitted to the State Board of Education for approval.

For more information, please visit the CTE Model Curriculum Standards or call 916-324-5706.

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The California Department of Education (CDE) is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov or by mobile device at http://m.cde.ca.gov/. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorlaksonSSPI.

California GEAR UP Honored With Statewide Proclamations

As part of continuing statewide National GEAR UP week celebrations, California GEAR UP is honored to have received proclamations from officials across the state, including: Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA3), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA5), and current Sacramento, CA mayor Kevin Johnson.

Proclamation ceremonies were held at a luncheon hosted by Elk Grove Unified School District and attended by Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on College Access, community leaders, board members, principals and teachers, students and GEAR UP staff.

National GEAR UP Week is September 10-14, 2012. Across the nation and in California, school communities will mark this occasion through activities, contests, college fairs and other events in celebration of college access for ALL students.

GEAR UP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education, developed to provide school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career choices after high school. Since 1999, California GEAR UP has effectively served over 300 schools across the state by providing local and efficient community based services.

Working in collaboration with nine schools in the Elk Grove Unified School district, GEAR UP provides direct support to students, principals, teachers, counselors and families. More information is available at www.castategearup.org.

National GEAR UP Week Celebration Announced in Elk Grove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 7, 2012
CONTACT:
Elizabeth Graswich
EGUSD Director, Communications
916-686-7732
egraswic@egusd.net

 

California GEAR UP and the Elk Grove Unified School District will celebrate National GEAR UP Week from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012 in the Board Room at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove 95624).

Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on College Access, will attend this celebration as a special guest. Event attendees will also include local and state education officials, teachers, students and family and community members.

National GEAR UP Week is September 10-14, 2012. Across the nation and in California, school communities will mark this occasion through activities, contests, college fairs and other events in celebration of college access for ALL students.

GEAR UP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education, developed to provide school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career choices after high school. Since 1999, California GEAR UP has effectively served over 300 schools across the state by providing local and efficient community based services.

Working in collaboration with nine schools in the Elk Grove Unified School district, GEAR UP provides direct support to students, principals, teachers, counselors and families. More information is available at www.castategearup.org.

For more information about this event, contact Elizabeth Graswich at egraswic@egusd.net 619-686-7732 or Sean Brennan at Sean.Brennan@ucop.edu or 415-948-9262.

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