Using materials from the 2014 and 2016 Alternative Accountability Policy Forums, the California State Board has begun development of an alternative accountability system. This effort is intended to align California’s system with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The State Board appointed a Task Force including several of the presenters from the 2016 AAPF and is reviewing materials prepared by Drs. Jorge Ruiz de Velasco and Daisy Gonsalez from Stanford’s PACE institute. This article from EdSource describes these efforts. Please share information about how your state is using the AAPF materials with Ernie Silva, RAPSA Executive Director, at email@example.com .
At the 2016 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum, Isabel Chavez became the 2016 RAPSA Courage Award winner. She has now received the $1,000 scholarship and provided this heart warming thank you note for RAPSA –
I just want to give you and RAPSA the biggest thank you ever. I was so discouraged to even apply for college because I didn’t think it was a possibility for me to attend because of financial issues. When Mr. Barke came to me with the nomination for the Courage Award, I wasn’t going to do it because I didn’t think someone like me mattered. When he played me the voicemail that I was the recipient I cried. Just to know there is an organization dedicated to helping students like me. When I gave my speech is a day I’ll never forget. Like to see the room full of people, and they were proud of me. The whole experience was amazing, and I’m so grateful. I really cannot thank all of you enough, you guys helped make my dreams come true. I hope this isn’t the end of communication between RAPSA and I. I know I’ll definitely be checking to see the winner of next year.
We will again invite nominations for awards this year. If you or your organization would like to contribute to the RAPSA scholarship fund to support more at promise students earn an award, please contact Ernie Silva (916)449-8919 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 Policy Forum Proceedings from the 5th Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum are now available. The Proceedings were developed by researchers from Stanford’s Policy Analysis for California Education team who participated in the Policy Forum and did a wonderful job of capturing the energy and expertise of the participants at the October 2016 event.
The informative report summarizes each of the 27 sessions at the Policy Forum as well as makes 10 recommendations for Federal and State policies as well as local promising practices. The 5th annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum was attended by 225 education, workforce and research leaders from 18 states and Washington D.C. Presenters included school leaders, career development professionals, university researchers, opportunity youth advocates and others who care about supporting at promise students.
The RAPSA Board appreciates the work and vision of the researchers that covered our event – Daisy Gonzales and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco.
Both Drs. Gonzales and de Velasco brought their expertise on serving disadvantaged communities and their ability to gracefully interact with our participants and to elegantly summarize the sessions and policy recommendations that came from the panelists.
If you are interested in purchasing hard copies of the report for advocacy efforts in your state, please contact RAPSA Executive Director, Ernie Silva at: email@example.com
Register for the November 15-17, 2017 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum in San Diego here:
Researchers from Stanford’s Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) have developed a summary of proceedings from the 2016 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum. Drs. Jorge Ruiz de Velasco and Daisy Gonzalez attended the event and captured the energy and expertise of the participants at the October 2016 event in San Diego. Both Drs. Gonzales and Ruiz de Velasco brought their expertise on serving disadvantaged communities and their ability to gracefully interact with our participants and to elegantly summarize the sessions and policy recommendations that came from the panelists.
The 2016 AAPF was the 5th annual meeting of leaders from across the country who focus on practices and policies for supporting “at promise” youth.
The report describes the event, provides summaries of each of the 26 sessions and 47 presenters, and includes 10 recommendations for policy and practice to serve opportunity youth and other critically at risk students.
Among the policy recommendations:
Employment Pathways for Boys and Young Men of Color: Solutions and Strategies That Can Make a Difference
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. Last month, CLASP, in partnership with the Moriah Group and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released Employment Pathways for Boys and Young Men of Color: Solutions and Strategies That Can Make a Difference as part of a larger issue brief series aimed at identifying and disseminating best practices that support the well-being and empowerment of boys and young men of color. This brief discusses promising strategies to improve employment outcomes for young men of color and the role of public policy in dismantling discrimination and promoting pathways to work.
Monday, November 14, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:30pm ET
Last year, the nation’s high school graduation rate reached a record high of 82.3 percent. Despite this progress, however, data show that there is still work to be done to ensure that students with the highest risk of dropping out have access to high-quality alternative educational opportunities that adequately prepare them for college, careers, and life. As states and districts across the country aim to create a robust set of educational options including alternative settings, they must be able to effectively collect and use the most relevant and reliable data to develop accountability systems. These systems should be responsive to the needs of students educated in alternative settings. In this webinar, presenters will explore the challenges and opportunities of accountability for alternative education, along with promising practices from states and districts who have developed accountability measures and systems that are inclusive of all students in all types of educational settings.
Jennifer L. DePaoli, Senior Education Advisor, Civic Enterprises; co-author of Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
Jessica Knevals, Principal Consultant, Accountability and Data Analysis Office, Colorado Department of Education
Kirsten Plumeau, Program Director, Contracted Alternative Schools, Portland Public Schools
Carla Gay, Director of Early Warning Systems, Portland Public Schools
Carinne Deeds, Policy Associate, American Youth Policy Forum; co-author of What Can States Learn About College and Career Readiness Accountability Measures from Alternative Education?
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was the 2016 RAPSA Vision award recipient at this year's Alternative Accountability Policy Forum held in Coronado, California. The vision award is given to a legislator or policy maker who demonstrates vision in pursuing creative policies that lead to the re-engagement of at promise youth. The Vision award winner has also demonstrated exceptional understanding of the challenges faced by at promise youth and pursued policies to facilitate their engagement.
This year, RAPSA supported AB 2719; a measure authored by Assemblymember Garcia to create an “out of school youth” definition which would increase eligibility and access to workforce development programs. While AB 2719 was vetoed by Governor Brown, the introduction of this legislation succeeded in influencing the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation. Assemblymember Garcia maintains his commitment to support legislation and opportunities for out of school youth.
We are glad to work with Assemblymember Garcia and we appreciate the efforts made to schools and communities. The workforce development programs make a big impact on students throughout the region and increase the odds of students being successful and become contributing members of the community.
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. He represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmoreland.
Thank you to everyone who attended AAPF16 in Coronado last week. We enjoyed insightful presentations from a variety of respectable experts from across the country.
Be sure to check the Twitter hashtag #AAPF16 for photos, comments, and links to presentations from the event.
We are already looking forward to AAPF17 - November 16-18, 2017 in the same place: Coronado Island, California. Registration is open now.
Join fellow educators from across the country as they converge in San Diego to discuss methods, metrics, and measurement for schools focused on opportunity youth.
This one-of-a-kind event is your chance to collaborate on best practices with the leaders and visionaries who are pioneering the accountability narrative of tomorrow. Join us for AAPF16 on October 27-29, 2016, in San Diego.
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