Higher educational attainment for all children means higher state and local revenues, fewer people requiring costly support from state and local programs and greater ability to drive economic growth and innovation. For individuals, education means employment, self-sufficiency… and opportunity.
Learn about the academic performance and progress of Marin students on key indicators including preschool, reading, math, graduation and post secondary preparation and success.
For example, in Marin
- One out of every three young children may enter kindergarten without preschool skills that can help them succeed in school. (Children Now County Scorecard, 2016).
- 30% of Latino and 26% of African American 3rd graders scored proficient or higher compared to 60% of White students and 75% of Asian students in reading (California Department of Education, CAASPP, 2016)
- 61.2% of high school students graduating in Marin completed all courses required for University of California or California State University enrollment. (California Department of Education, 2015)
The academic achievement gap is wide. In Marin, scoring proficient or better on key measures of academic performance is highly correlated with family economic status and race or ethnicity.
“It is vital to the economic and social wellbeing of our county that we invest in providing equitable, quality education that prepares all our children for a brighter future.”
Judy Arnold, President, Marin County Board of Supervisors
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What We Can Do
Here is just a sample of what we in Marin can do together to reduce the educational achievement gap and assure opportunities for all children to succeed in school to their full potential. These are local solutions that individuals, policymakers and businesses can support and implement.
Education Policy Agenda
- Hold our whole community accountable for progress in closing the academic achievement gap.
- Work toward universal access to quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year-old children in Marin.
- Educate families about the value of preschool in assisting children to prepare for kindergarten
- Provide quality early care and education for low-income families.
- Support quality improvements in preschool programs including staff development and curriculum.
- Develop coordinated transition plans that support children to move from preschools to elementary schools, linking teachers and administration from both settings and identifying those students who are likely to need additional support.
- Support evidence-based afterschool and/or summer programs in kindergarten through second grade for children who need additional help to meet academic benchmarks.
- Educate parents to read to their young children every day.
- Support parent engagement and provide resources to promote involvement and address family challenges such as family resource centers.
- Support schools to provide an enriched curriculum and academic assistance programs in every school.
- Endorse and vote for local school bond and tax initiatives that support quality education and safe, equipped environments for learning.
- Improve cultural competence among faculty and teaching staff.
- Ensure that high schools provide a college preparatory curriculum for all students.
- Support disadvantaged students to aim toward college through scholarships, mentoring and outreach.
- Support countywide and district education foundations.
- Sponsor or volunteer in afterschool or summer enrichment programs in neighborhoods and communities
- Assess student progress based on socio-economic status and race and ethnicity to understand the implications for policy and programs.
- Provide social and financial support services on middle, high school and community college campuses to promote access and retention.
- Expose students to careers and college including offering internships and job experience.
- Provide college enrollment support services including affordable SAT preparation programs and scholarships and affordable financial aid.