Nearly 90 Organizations Urge State Board of Education to Prioritize Equity in Accountability System

Nearly 90 Organizations Urge State Board of Education to Prioritize Equity in Accountability System


Joint Letter Sent to the State Board of Education

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From civil rights groups and local social justice organizations including the National Council of La Raza, LULAC California and Asian Americans Advancing Justice to education groups and community organizations including the California State Parent Teacher Association, United Ways of California and Children Now, over 80 organizations joined Ed Trust–West in calling for a clear focus on equity in the new education accountability system. In a letter to the State Board of Education in anticipation of their meeting this week, the groups stressed that the system should help close opportunity and achievement gaps by:

  • setting ambitious, long-term goals for student achievement, including gap-closing expectations
  • including a distinct, robust measure of college and career readiness to make sure we graduate students equipped with 21st century skills and knowledge
  • expecting action from a school or district when the data points out gaps in opportunity and achievement

We will continue to keep you updated as the State Board makes important decisions for California’s 6 million K-12 students. A big thank you to the many organizations below that joined us to support these principles for an equity-minded accountability system. In addition to the joint letter, Ed Trust–West also sent this letter with additional feedback on specific State Board of Education proposals.

Advancement Project

After-School All-Stars

Alliance for a Better Community

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Attendance Works

Bay Area Tutor

Black Parallel School Board

Brown Issues – Sacramento City College

Brown Issues – Sacramento State University

Building Blocks for Kids – Richmond Collaborative


California Alliance of African American Educators

California Charter Schools Association

California Latino School Boards Association

California LULAC

California PTA

California Science Teachers Association

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

CD Tech

Center for Ecoliteracy

Center on Race, Poverty & Environment

Central California Environmental Justice Network

Cesar Chavez Foundation

Chicano Latino State Employees Association

Children Now

Children’s Defense Fund – California

Coaching Corps

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Coleman Advocates

College Track

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)


Dolores Huerta Foundation

Educators 4 Excellence


Faith in Action Kern County

GEMAS Consulting

GO Oakland

GO Public Schools

GO West Contra Costa

Growing Up in Santa Cruz

GSA Network

Hmong Innovative Politics


Inland Congregation United for Change (ICUC)

Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition

LA Voice

Latino & Latina Roundtable of San Gabriel & Pomona Valley

Los Angeles Education Partnership

LULAC of the Inland Empire

LULAC of the Riverside

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)

National Council of La Raza

Orange County Congregation Community Organization

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Parent Organization Network (PON)

Parent Revolution

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Promesa Boyle Heights

Reading and Beyond

Reinvent South Stockton

Roberts Family Development Center

Sacramento Area Congregations Together (SacACT)

San Bernardino City USD District African-American Advisory Council.

San Diego Association of African American Educators

Somos Mayfair

South Stockton Schools Initiative

Stand Up

Student Success California

Students Matter

Teach Plus

The Avalos Foundation

The BlackBoard of West Contra Costa

The Campaign for College Opportunity

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Village Method


United Way of Greater Los Angeles

United Ways of California

Urban Strategy Group

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Youth Action Project, Inc.

Youth Together


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