New Partner Joins California GEAR UP

Summer 2006 | | September 21, 2006 at 4:58 pm

California GEAR UP welcomes The Education Trust—West, which offers research about and analysis of effective educational practices and identifies potential solutions to low student achievement. The organization is the West Coast presence of the national policy and advocacy organization, the Education Trust in Washington DC. Their mission is to promote high academic achievement for K-12 students and work toward closing achievement gaps to ensure that every high school graduate is empowered and prepared to choose among all postsecondary options.

At their 2nd Biennial Conference in Los Angeles in April, administrators and faculty from throughout California gathered to share ideas, information, models, and strategies to raise student achievement. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, State Controller Steve Westly and State Treasurer Phil Angelides were the featured speakers.

Linda Murray, Superintendent in Residence with the Education Trust—West, works with districts and schools dedicated to closing achievement gaps for low-income students. “We have similar goals and the collaboration between GEAR UP and our organization will strengthen our efforts towards success for ALL students.” Dr.Murray was a former superintendent in the San Jose Unified school district, the first urban district in the state to raise graduation requirements in 1998 to meet the University of California and California State University entrance requirements—the A-G curriculum. Results from this effort show a decrease in the dropout rate, and more students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes and prepared to enter the four year university or college (about 45%) compared to only 12% statewide.

PowerPoints from the conference, significant reports, and data analysis tools are available on the Education Trust—West website:

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