Accomplishments

  • We played a key role over the past year and a half in helping to pass California’s historic new education finance system, called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). As policy experts, we developed detailed education finance policy recommendations for the Governor’s staff and key members of the legislature. We were featured in over 50 education finance stories in the top media outlets across the state. With our expertise in community engagement, we led in the formation of a grassroots advocacy campaign called Fair Share 4Kids that garnered the support of dozens of other key community-based organizations from across the state. As part of the campaign, we developed a comprehensive campaign website (Fair Share 4 Kids) featuring a broad array of community and campaign-related tools, including LCFF Explainer Videos; an LCFF Community Guide; LCFF One-Page Information Sheets (in English, Spanish & Chinese); an LCFF “District Funding Data Tool”; an LCFF Community-Friendly PowerPoint Presentation; and an Electronic Advocacy Letter Writing Tool. Through the website and the campaign’s promotional activities on social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — the Fair Share 4 Kids campaign engaged hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout California in a successful and historic effort to help pass LCFF and reform California’s school funding system.
  • Our research has led to changes in state law in past years as well.  In 2005, we published The Hidden Teacher Spending Gap report that displayed broad inequities in funding of low-income schools, resulting in passage of SB 687. This marked an historic first step toward transparency in education spending.
  • We worked with the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other groups to support the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) which was implemented in 2006.
  • Our policy and research reports on teaching effectiveness issues, such as Learning Denied; Victims of the Churn; Effectiveness, Not Seniority; and Keeping the Promise of Change, made national and state headlines for exposing education inequities and identifying promising solutions.
  • Our unique data resources—Dispelling the Myth in California, Raising the Roof, Hidden Gaps, and the California District Report Cards—have given Californians access to education data that is understandable and user-friendly.
  • As a resource for national, state and local policymakers, we have provided testimony before the California State Legislature and the State Board of Education.  Over the years, we have sat on several high profile statewide committees and councils, including the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Statewide P-16 Council.
  • In 2010, we were among the first to advocate for the removal of language in state law that prevented the linking of teacher and student performance data, and along with the advent of Race to the Top, this language was finally amended through the passage of SB 19.
  • State leaders acknowledged that our California’s Race to the Top: A Road Map for Round Two report helped them develop the strategy for Round Two of the Race to the Top competition.  After the state’s failed first round bid, we advocated for the district-driven strategy that was adopted for the second round of Race to the Top.  We participated in the working committee that drafted the language for the Great Teachers and Leaders portion in the higher scoring second round application.  As a result, California became eligible for Round Three of Race to the Top.
  • As education experts, we have been quoted in national newspapers such as the New York Times, as well as the top newspapers around the state, including the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • Over 1,000,000 students across California have been impacted by our work and technical assistance to schools, districts and community based organizations to ensure that all students are accessing a rigorous college and career readiness “A-G” curriculum. (“A-G” is the sequence of courses required for admission to the University of California/California State University system). Over the last eight years we have used our educational opportunity audit to work with several districts and schools to address “A-G” opportunity and achievement gaps. Each district that engaged ETW to conduct the audit has resulted in A-G eligibility rates that either exceed California’s A-G eligibility for students of color (African-American and Latino students combined) and/or increased those students’ A-G eligibility at higher rates than those students experienced across the state.
  • The Education Trust-West is playing an important role ensuring the equitable and effective implementation of new, common standards in California, including the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and English Language Development Standards. Our accomplishments include publishing a Common Core Needs Assessment that recommends equitable allocations of resources to support implementation, hosting a Common Core webinar series focused on equity, and presenting our point of view with regard to the equitable implementation of the new standards via various media outlets including radio and print media. We are also visiting schools and districts across the state to document best practices as it relates to Common Core implementation.
  • As a statewide educational policy, research, and advocacy organization, we promote policies and practices that will ensure the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k though college. The Education Trust-West has identified Linked Learning as a promising approach to high school reform that can serve as a means to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Through ourLinked Learning Project, several of our contributions to the Linked Learning field are listed below:
    • All CA Senators and Assembly members were each presented a copy of our recent Linked Learning report
    • Co-Developed: Guide for the Linked Learning Pathway Quality Review Process
    • Co-Developed: Linked Learning Coaching Module for Equity Regional Webinar: ASSETS Grant Resources and Materials
    • The CDE provided our second Linked Learning report as recommended reading for all AB790 Pilot Districts