Guidance to high school counselors: Brush up on your college advising

COURTESY OF: Carolyn Jones Washinton Post JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — Felicida Barajas’s office at Jurupa Valley High School was strangely silent. The only sounds were the clacking of computer keys and the occasional joke to break the tension as 12th-graders hunched over laptops trying to finish their essays ahead of a looming college application deadline. Six students perched on chairs …

How some California school districts invest in counseling – and achieve results

COURTESY OF: Carolyn Jones <a href=”https://edsource.org/2019/a-novel-idea-for-california-requiring-students-to-fill-out-financial-aid-forms/619373″ target=”_blank”>EdSource</a> Geovanna Veloz, a senior at Mission High School in San Francisco, has always known she wants to be a nurse. What she didn’t know was how to get there. Her parents couldn’t help much. Immigrants from Mexico, they speak limited English, work long hours and don’t have much experience with education. Neither went …

California’s Riverside County Office of Education Improves Students’ Postsecondary Success with Data and Education Insights

COURTESY OF: National Student Clearinghouse National Student Clearinghouse According to a study by Georgetown University Public Policy Institute’s Center on Education and the Workforce, 65 percent of jobs will require some kind of postsecondary education by 2020. And California’s Riverside County is in danger of being left behind. A 2016 study of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the country, …

A novel idea for California: requiring students to fill out financial aid forms

COURTESY OF: Larry Gordon EdSource Beyond all the debate about the types and sizes of financial aid for college, one fact matters most for students and parents: You can’t get grants and loans unless you apply for them. That’s why the Val Verde Unified School District in Riverside County became a pioneer in California two years ago in getting more …

California finally to move ahead with ‘cradle to career’ data system

Courtesy of edsource.org | John Fensterwald With $10 million in funding, an ambitious timeline and a champion in Gov. Gavin Newsom behind it, the Legislature this week passed legislation for a statewide education data system that will follow children from infancy through the workplace. The marching order for what Newsom is calling a Cradle to Career Data System is included …

Proposed Changes to Admission Requirements

Courtesy of The California State University The CSU is investigating a proposal to add one year of quantitative reasoning coursework to the “a-g” subject admission requirements, raising the requirements from 15 years of comprehensive college preparatory coursework to 16 years for the entering first-time freshman class of 2026. To satisfy the requirement, students would have many options, including: – an …