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ESSA: What’s at stake for California’s students?

From our Partners at The Education Trust West. In December President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), a bipartisan bill that for the first time in 14 years provides a new framework and requirements for states as they develop their own systems to hold schools and districts responsible for student learning and growth. California is in the midst of redesigning the way we hold schools and districts accountable and policymakers have some important decisions to make: Will we measure student progress through an aspirational accountability system or will we compare schools to a state average? Will …

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New Ed-Trust Study on Promising Teacher Evaluation

  OAKLAND, CA (May 22, 2014) – The Education Trust—West releases initial findings from a two-year study examining innovative teacher evaluation systems in a new report titled, Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning. The report reveals that teachers and administrators generally experience the evaluation process as an objective and constructive opportunity to reflect on and improve their instruction in order to best serve all students. These systems offer teachers support in ways that are connected with teachers’ deep desires to ensure their students will achieve at high levels. The report also highlights promising practices, and it …

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Governor Brown 2014 Budget Verdict on Education

(Excerpt from the Campaign for College Opportunity) Governor Brown has once again introduced a budget that includes significant increases for California’s public colleges and universities, proposing $1.1 billion over last year’s budget.  The Governor, however, is quite clear that new monies will come with expectations. Expectations that colleges and universities remain affordable, improve transfer, and reduce the time it takes to earn a degree or certificate. “When Californians passed Proposition 30 in 2012, it was a statement of support for our public colleges and universities. It’s now up to us to be smart about those resources to ensure California gets …

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Promising Practices for Success in Linked Learning Schools

For Immediate Release  March 21, 2013 Contact: Eric Wagner (510) 465-6444, ext 318 Email: ewagner@edtrustwest.org New Ed Trust–West Study Finds Promising Practices for Student Success in Linked Learning Schools; Reveals Implications for District-Level Implementation throughout California OAKLAND, CA (March 21, 2013) – As the Linked Learning high school reform initiative expands across California, the results of a two-year study by the Education Trust–West identifies promising practices in Linked Learning schools and districts. However, the study also notes variation in districtwide implementation of these best practices. The results of the study can be found in the new report released today titled, Expanding Access, Creating Options: …

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CALPADS Data Reveals Poor Results for Students of Color

Today’s release by the California Department of Education (CDE) of the state’s graduation and dropout rates has good news and bad news. The bad news is clear: The data show that California students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and other high-need populations, graduate from high school at alarmingly low rates. The good news is that for the first time, the graduation and dropout rates are accurate, transparent, and are no longer estimates, thanks to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, or CALPADS. This year’s data tell us even more about student performance. The data show that three out …

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When Minorities are the Majority.

Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust West, contributed a recent open forum letter in the San Francisco Chronicle titled ‘When Minorities are the Majority.’  For the first time, Latinos students are the majority of California’s student population. Putting this demographic shift into an education perspective, Arun describes the transition from old notions of education policy and the potential impacts across the state of California. Unfortunately, our political and educational systems have a long way to go before they catch up with the needs of the new majority.Too many California students fall through gaping holes in our college and …

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Education News Roundup

Photo credit: Good Education Change Agents (click image to read) Within the small but mighty ranks of California GEAR UP, we often share articles of interest that sometimes become the focus of a blog post or shared on our Facebook and Twitter profile. We decided we would share with you some of the education websites we enjoy and in turn hear from you as to where you like to get your education news. Below is a list of websites and resources which is by no means comprehensive. L.A. Times Education: A news blog operated by the LA Times that features …

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Neediest schools should be able to keep their best teachers

We are sharing with you excerpts from a recent San Joes Mercury News opinion article written by Arun Ramanathan, the Director of Education Trust-West. The article discusses the merits of SB 995 which would allow schools to hire, fire, and reassign teachers based on effectiveness, subject matter and programming need without regard to seniority. We have included the California teachers Association stance on the bill as well. From the Mercury News opinion article: Last month, school districts around California issued layoff notices to 30,000 teachers because of the state budget crisis. It is deplorable that our state has forced the …

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Ed-Trust West Launches Blog: EdVocate West

Education Trust-West, often considered the most important truth teller in American education, announced this week the launch of their new blog, EdVocate West. The Education Trust-West is thrilled to announce the launch of our new blog: The Edvocate West.  Authored by Executive Director, Arun Ramanathan, The Edvocate West will explore and critique California’s most pressing education reform issues.  Specifically, we will examine those issues impacting low-income students and students of color and utilize our voice to advocate for an equitable and excellent education for those students most often left behind. Check out the blog and let us know what you …

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