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High Schools for Equity: Policy Supports for Student Learning in Communities of Color

Abstract

At a time when the achievement gap in California is large and appears unchanging, some high schools are beating the odds. A study of how these schools are accomplishing this can inform state policy across the nation so that more schools can realize the same success. This report focuses on five urban, public high schools from across the state that have no selective admissions requirements, serve primarily students of color and low-income students, graduate students at higher rates than the state average, and send more than 80% of them to college. These five are not the only high schools succeeding against the odds, but they represent the types of educational approaches required to close California's educational achievement gap and to enable all students to move on to successful career and college pathways.

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