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Cohort 2 Focal Areas

NOTE: These Focal Areas will act as a framework for the collaborations to learn together. This is not a complete list, but some of the most common areas based on the work in California and the areas Cohort 2 districts identified. These areas help us group districts, but don’t dictate the work you will do towards supporting students’ progress to being “On Track”. Additionally, the indicators are examples of measures you may consider as you develop a systematic structure for monitoring your progress over the 3 years. 


Focal Area:  Middle School On Track

  • Focus:8th Grade Math Proficiency
    Public facing indicator:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in Math on CAASPP (improvement year to year in grades 6, 7 and 8)
    District internal indicators:  Increases in appropriate course enrollment, benchmark assessments, grades, attendance, behavioral indicators and other appropriate evidence
  • Focus: 8th Grade ELA Proficiency
    Public facing indicator:  Increase in number and% of students demonstrating grade level ability in ELA on CAASPP (improvement year to year in grades 6, 7 and 8)
    District internal indicators:  increases in appropriate course enrollment, benchmark assessments, grades, attendance, behavioral indicators and other appropriate evidence

Focal Area: 9th Grade On Track for Graduation
  • Focus: 9th Grade On Track for Graduation
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in “on time” graduation rate
    District Internal Indicators:
    • GPA: Increase in 9th Grade GPA: % of students passing all ninth grade courses with a “C” or better
    • 9th Grade Credit Completion: Decrease in number and % of 9th grade students failing one or more courses
    • Behavioral Indicators:  Increases in attendance and decreases in suspensions

Focal Area:  College Ready On Track
  • Focus:  A-G Completion          
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number of students A-G eligible upon graduation
    District Internal Indicators: Increase in number and % of students placed in A-G eligible courses, Increase by aA-g G course and grade level the number/% of students who pass required courses with a grade of “C” or better
 
  • Focus:  High School Mathematics
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in math on CAASPP in A-G eligible math courses in tested grades                      
    District Internal Indicators:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating HS Math Proficiency in college track mathcourses as measured by benchmark assessments, grades, other district measures

  • Focus:  High School English Language Arts
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in ELA on CAASPP in A-G eligible math courses in tested grades                     
    District Internal Indicators:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating ELA Proficiency in college track ELA courses as measured by benchmark assessments, grades, other district measures

  • Focus:  College Access
    Public Facing Indicator:  College Entrance exams: % of graduates who have completed a college entrance exam (e.g., SAT, ACT)
    District Internal Indicators:  Financial Access: increase in number and % of 12th grade students completing FAFSA , number and % of graduates applying to credentialing post-secondary institution