Policy Watch Seminar: Michal Kurlaender

Ready or Not? California's Early Assessment Program and the Transition to College Michal Kurlaender, Associate Professor of Education Policy

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Feb 29, 2012
from 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM


360 Shields Library

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The increasing focus on common core standards has led to an important policy discussion on the need to better align K-12 systems with higher education, and ensure a more seamless transition for young adults between high school and college. Although states have approached this effort differently, they have been fueled by a clear goal of aligning high school curricula with college and work expectations. An important piece of that policy discussion is an effort to rethink how the assessments built into states’ accountability systems can further support alignment between K-12 and higher education.

Existing state assessments in K-12 may soon include measures for college readiness, and in California, one is already in play.  In 2004, California launched the Early Assessment Program (EAP), with the stated purpose to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards in English and mathematics and the requirements and expectations of post-secondary education at the California State University.  In this talk Kurlaender will summarize her research on the ways in which the Early Assessment Program may have influenced overall school-level outcomes, in particular, 11th grade achievement as measured by test scores at the school level, California’s accountability metric for Adequate Yearly Progress, and other school measures for college readiness at CSU.

Michal Kurlaender is an Associate Professor of Education Policy at the University of California, Davis. Her work focuses broadly on education policy and evaluation, in particular the causes and consequences of inequality at various stages of the educational attainment process.  She is currently investigating policies and practices aimed at improving college access, persistence, and degree completion at public four year universities and at community colleges.  Kurlaender’s work has been published in a variety of academic and policy venues. She is co-editor (with Eric Grodsky) of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of California's Proposition 209, Harvard Education Press (2010). Kurlaender is the Davis Site Director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center. She received her doctorate in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2005.

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