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This research brief from the LAERI—L.A. Unified research-practice partnership is the second in a series exploring Los Angeles Unified School District’s (L.A. Unified’s) students’ pathways to college. The first brief focused on twelfth graders from the class of 2017 who applied to at least one four-year college. This brief focuses on students from the same class who applied only to community colleges. We describe these students’ educational expectations and explanations for why they did not apply to a four-year college. The data for this brief come from a collaborative effort between LAERI and L.A. Unified to gather information about students’ experiences, behaviors, and supports during the college application process, using the district’s annual survey from the 2016-17 school year.

LAERI blogs on new brief series exploring L.A. Unified Students’ Pathways to College (see here)

LAERI launches new project with research collaborators that explores L.A. Unified Students’ Math Pathways from Middle School to College (read Press Release)

L.A. Unified blogs about the collaborative work involved in the Research-Practice Partnership with LAERI to address postsecondary issues in Education Week (see LAUSD blog)

LAERI and L.A. Unified attended the 2018 Spencer Foundation Conference in July.

LAERI and L.A. Unified collaborators participated in NNERPP Forum 2018 in Portland, OR, co-hosted by Education Northwest.

LAERI and L.A. Unified partners present at the annual meeting of the American Education Research association in New York City, NY (see here and here)

LAERI and L.A. Unified partners present at the SREE Spring 2018 Conference in Washington, DC

Join us at AERA!

We will be presenting our paper “Why are some low-income, urban elementary schools more effective than others at improving student learning?” at AERA on April 21st in Grand Ballroom B.

Join us at SREE!

We will be presenting at SREE on March 13th. Please join our colleagues and us for a panel discussion on how RPPs can support practitioners’ use of research evidence.

LAERI and L.A. Unified collaborators participated in NNERPP Forum 2019 in Foxborough, MA.

LAERI presents at the SREE Spring 2019 Conference in Washington, DC

This research brief from the LAERI Research-Practice Partnership is the first in a series exploring Los Angeles Unified School District’s (L.A. Unified) students’ pathways to college. This brief focuses on students’ survey reports about whether and where they applied to college. It describes the percentage of twelfth graders from the class of 2017 who applied to college, where they applied to college, and how these patterns differed among young men and women and among students from different ethnic/racial backgrounds or academic preparation levels. The data for this brief come from a collaborative effort between LAERI and L.A. Unified to develop survey questions for L.A. Unified’s annual surveys about students’ experiences, behaviors, and supports during the college application process.

This report explores the availability of college readiness supports in LAUSD high schools. We draw on data collected from high school counselors and other organizations to describe the types of available supports and the barriers schools face in providing students the help they need with the college application and financial aid process. We conclude with recommendations for improving college readiness supports throughout the district.

This report, which is the first in-depth analysis of LAUSD graduates’ postsecondary outcomes, links data on college enrollment, persistence, and completion from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) with LAUSD data on students’ high school performance and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our report examines where LAUSD graduates enrolled in college, as well as how college-going outcomes differed across a variety of background characteristics including gender, race/ethnicity, English learner status, family educational background, and students’ academic preparation during high school. We also describe postsecondary outcomes for the subset of LAUSD graduates who were eligible for admission to four-year colleges and offer recommendations for how the Los Angeles community can improve students’ postsecondary success in the future.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves a large majority of socioeconomically disadvantaged students who are struggling academically and are underprepared for high school graduation and college. This article describes the partnership between LAUSD and the Los Angeles Education Research Institute, and how this collaboration endeavors to produce accessible and high quality research to inform pressing problems of practice. The article also presents findings from an ongoing partnership research project analyzing a district policy focused on improving college readiness by aligning high school graduation and college-eligibility requirements. In a cohort that went through high school before the policy became mandatory for all students, less than 1/5 of all students (and 30% of graduates) met the college eligibility criteria. Our findings indicate that academic and behavioral indicators from 8th and 9th grade can help identify for possible intervention students who are not on track to meet these new graduation requirements.