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Equitable Access by Design: A Conceptual Framework for Integrated Student Supports within Linked Learning Pathways

This report proposes a conceptual framework for defining and implementing a system of integrated student supports that provides equitable access to college and career readiness via Linked Learning pathways in high schools. The framework emphasizes the central commitment of the Linked Learning approach to challenge prevailing norms of stratification in the American high school, and to prepare all students for college and career.

College Access and Completion among Boys and Young Men of Color: Literature Review of Promising Practices

Conducted by researchers at the Gardner Center at the request of the College Futures Foundation, this literature review examines challenges and promising practices for increasing college access and completion among boys and young men of color. Wide gaps in college enrollment and persistence remain, even among, for example, Black and Latino boys who reach the end of high school academically prepared for postsecondary education.

Math Articulation between the San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco

The Bridge to Success initiative convened the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and key community organizations to promote postsecondary success for underrepresented students. At the request of the initiative’s math teaching working group, the Gardner Center used the Youth Data Archive to conduct an analysis on the relationship between students’ high school math performance at SFUSD and their performance on CCSF’s math placement test for incoming students.

Math Placement Acceleration Initiative at the City College of San Francisco Developed with San Francisco Unified School District

This issue brief presents an analysis predicting students’ success in their first community college math course and explains how a placement policy created through San Francisco’s Bridge to Success (BtS) initiative acts on these results. BtS brings together the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and key community organizations to promote postsecondary success for underrepresented students.

College Readiness Indicator System (CRIS) Resource Series

School communities across the country are working hard to comply with state and federal policies requiring that all students be prepared for success in college. Technological advances and new reporting requirements make data on students and schools more accessible than ever—but more and better data alone are not enough to meet the challenges posed by the troubling opportunity and achievement gaps that keep many students from reaching their goals after high school.

Secondary to Postsecondary Transitions for Youth in San Francisco Unified School District

The goals of the San Francisco Bridge to Success partnership were to create shared ownership of the responsibility for postsecondary attainment and to build a coordinated strategy to define changes needed to make a real difference in the lives of youth.  To help achieve these goals, the Gardner Center was asked to investigate: 1) How many San Francisco Unified School District 9th grade students graduated from high school, attended a postsecondary institution, and received a postsecondary credential; and 2) Where can the partnership implement programmatic or policy changes that could improve

English Articulation Between the San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco

The Gardner Center used the Youth Data Archive to examine the relationship between SFUSD high school students’ English performance and their performance on CCSF’s English placement test for incoming students. Previous research by CCSF and others has highlighted the importance of the initial placement test, as students who place below college-level courses are less likely to advance through the sequence of remedial courses needed to complete a two-year or four-year degree.

Developing Alternative Placement Criteria for English Courses at City College of San Francisco

Recognizing the need to improve postsecondary access and success for underrepresented populations, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), City College of San Francisco (CCSF), the City and County of San Francisco, and key community organizations formed the Bridge to Success initiative in 2009. Gardner Center has partnered with Bridge to Success to inform the initiative with data analysis.

Analyzing Evidence of College Readiness: A Tri-Level Empirical and Conceptual Framework

Research draws a distinction between college eligibility and college readiness. For example, a student may graduate high school with sufficient credits to enroll in a postsecondary institution, but still lack the academic skills, study habits, and college knowledge to succeed. Previous reviews of research on college readiness systems highlight individual-level indicators of whether a student is on track to be ready for college.

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