Education Round Table Initiatives

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Whereas the Education Round Table had developed a joint statement Round Table Outreach Initiatives: Improving Student Learning and Academic Achievement, and

Whereas the initiatives include the following steps:
1.Content and Performance Standards: Reach a consensus on what California students should know, understand, and be able to do and understanding English-language arts and mathematics and reflect that consensus in statewide standards, and
2. Assessment and Student Achievement: Identity and/or develop instruments to assess students' mastery of English and mathematics, and
3. Existing Program Structures and Resources: Ensure that existing program structures and resources dedicated to preparing and developing teachers are clearly focused on shared expectations for student achievement and Task Force recommendations in reading, writing and mathematics, and
4.Deployment of Untapped Resources: Identify and deploy untapped resources presently in the education systems and the community to improve outreach of student preparation, and
5. Technology: Powerful technological capacities and advances should be harnessed in the overall effort to improve reading, writing and mathematics and our outreach efforts,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Education Round Table to take appropriate measures to ensure the use of fair, appropriate, and valid assessment instruments and practices, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Education Round Table to address how public education will be prepared to serve the students who do not "pass" the assessment test and how it will avoid the creation of an underclass of students who may fall into groups where tests have historically levied a bias and served as either a poor measurement of ability or a poor predictor of success.
M/S/U Disposition: Board of Governors, CA Dept of ED, CSU Senate, Chancellor's Office, Executive Committee, UC Senate, Education Roundtable