Close the achievement gap.

In 2014, the Minority Achievement and Talent Development Task Force issued recommendations on how to achieve greater equity and access for historically underrepresented students and low-income students. The district’s Equity Plan sets priorities and milestones for implementing these recommendations, which we need to address with actions and follow through.

We need to adequately fund programs that are proven to be effective, such as AVID, which is designed to focus on acceleration rather than remediation to close the achievement gap. Similar to neighboring school districts, we should provide the needed resources to our AVID program to support historically underrepresented students and low-income students in advanced coursework and put these students on a college track. Reducing the rigor of our coursework will not narrow the achievement gap. Instead, we need to address the needs of all students to succeed.

Cari Templeton