The California State University announced this month that Cal State Long Beach has been selected as the host site for the CSU Center to Close Achievement Gaps. The center, set to open this spring, will focus on identifying and refining proven strategies to eliminate equity gaps at all levels of education and will share training, tools and evidence-based best practices with colleges of education across the CSU and education partners across California.
The Long Beach Unified School District and CSULB have partnered for many years on preparing educators to meet the demands of urban classrooms. The new center could serve as a key resource for aspiring and practicing educators in Long Beach and beyond. CSU's teacher preparation program is the largest in the state and among the largest in the nation.
“Creating a continuous pipeline from preschool to bachelor’s degree for underserved and low-income students is critical to eliminating equity gaps, ensuring that all students are afforded an equal opportunity to achieve success and elevate their lives through a high-quality education,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said. “Equity and educational excellence are vital to California’s future, and the CSU’s Center to Close Achievement Gaps will give California’s current and future educators the advanced tools and training to achieve these ideals.”
The new center’s goals include:
- Providing resources and assistance to local educational agencies to eliminate gaps in academic achievement among subgroups of K-12 students as identified on the Department of Education’s California School Dashboard, including gaps by race, ethnicity, income, English learner (EL) and disability status
- Providing professional educator preparation throughout the CSU and serving as a resource for local educational agencies to close achievement gaps
- Creating a statewide network by inviting additional CSU campuses and their education partners to establish regional networks to incorporate and disseminate best practices
Cal State Long Beach was chosen through a highly competitive request for proposals and committee review process. Funding comes from a one-time state allocation of $3 million.