New CSBA briefs help governing boards focus on African-American students


As part of a new governance brief series designed to shed light on the educational needs of California’s diverse student population, CSBA has released two new briefs focused on African-American students. The goal of the series is to describe challenges that must be addressed to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their potential and highlight schools, districts and programs that are successfully addressing these challenges and closing achievement gaps — and thus serve as guideposts for broader efforts.

The first issue, Demographics and Achievement of California’s African-American Students, takes findings from a number of reports and data sources (such as the Education Trust-West’s Black Minds Matter report), and focuses on the conditions of African-American students in California’s K-12 public schools.

The second issue, Closing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps for African-American Students, presents considerations for board members and state, county and district leaders to close gaps by offering best practice examples of successful initiatives, programs and partnerships throughout the state.

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