California’s high school seniors will have to pass the state’s exit exam before they can receive their high school diplomas; the California Supreme Court has reinstated passage of the graduation exam as a requirement for obtaining a diploma. The court’s ruling means that nearly 47,000 seniors, about 10% of California’s high school seniors, are likely to be denied a high school diploma because they have not passed either the math or language arts part of the exam.
“Like these distinguished researchers and practitioners, the Alliance is committed to the use of data as a vital tool in our campaign to ensure that every child graduates high school prepared for college and the modern work place,” said Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education president and former governor of West Virginia. “We believe data opens discussions of race, class, and culture that tend to be overlooked in general discussions and, as such, it is one of the most powerful levers there is to address social justice issues.”
The first panel, Using Data to Close the Student Achievement Gap, featured Nancy Love, principal investigator and project director of the Using Data Project and Pamela Bernabei-Rorrer, a math coach at the Canton City (OH) School District. The discussion, which included Jim Kohlmoos, president and CEO of the National Education Knowledge Industry Association, as a respondent, focused on the Using Data Project, which provides professional development experiences and sustained learning opportunities to help educational leaders develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities to use data effectively to improve programs, policies, and learning in all classrooms.
The second panel, The Link Between Data and Civil Rights, featured Michael Holzman, Ph.D., consultant to the Schott Foundation, who illustrated the importance of data in understanding educational practices. Claire E. Sylvan, Ed.D., executive director of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, talked about Internationals’ development and support of a network of International High Schools that serve late-entry immigrant English-language learners.
Audio from this Event, as well as PowerPoint presentations, and other supplemental materials will be available athttps://all4ed.org/events/innov_civilrights_education during the week of May 30.
|Alliance Joins STAND UP Campaign
STAND UP, a national campaign to make the public more aware of the dropout crisis in American high schools and to provide them with the tools to make a difference, was unveiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 11. The campaign’s goal is to ensure that students receive the support they need to graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is proud to announce that it has become an official member of the coalition, along with 15 other organizations that have joined the campaign since the launch on April 11.
More information on the campaign is available at http://www.standup.org.