Monthly Archives: July 2008


July 11, 2008 Seminar

"Alternative High Schools"
Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco and Milbrey McLaughlin

Milbrey McLaughlin from Stanford and Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco from the Earl Warren Institute in the Law School at Berkeley will present their policy brief on alternative high schools. Each year, more than 10% of California’s public high school students attend some kind of "alternative" program, most notably continuation, community, and community day schools. The California Alternative Education Research Project is an ongoing effort to examine California’s alternative education system in order to shed light on these programs and raise important issues regarding hoe the state’s public schools are meeting the needs of California’s most vulnerable teenagers. This seminar reviews the project’s initial research study. Alternative Education Options: A Descriptive Study of California Continuation High Schools. It looks at the study’s finings about the students who attend these programs and their academic achievement, and it also describes their basic structure and the policy context for these schools, the largest of California’s alternative programs.

Our apologies, but this seminar predates our audio recording feature

Beyond the Numbers: Understanding California's High School Dropouts

Six of California’s largest urban school districts have joined together in the Partnership for Urban Education Research (PUER), to address the most pressing issues in urban education. The six PUER districts have agreed to work together to increase data availability, enhance internal research capacity, and promote collaboration and information sharing across district lines for the benefit of their students. PUER seeks to build a partnership in which participating districts can use their collective research capacity to carefully evaluate their own instructional programs and practices. In a new report, six PUER school districts—Fresno Unified School District (FUSD), Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)—joined efforts to identify opportunities for improving the current dropout reporting system, and to review district efforts to reduce dropout rates. The PUER districts are working with PACE to review and publish their research.