CAP awarded $400,000 grant from California Education Policy Fund

August 2014

The California Acceleration Project (CAP) has received a two-year $400,000 grant to create a blueprint for transforming placement and remediation in California. The goal of this blueprint will be to streamline the transition to community college and increase the proportion of students who complete college-level math and English in their first year, a critical early momentum point toward longer term completion.

CAP is one of ten organizations funded by CEPF this year. Other grantees include:

  • California Collaborative for District Reform (American Institutes for Research)

  • Campaign for College Opportunity

  • Council for a Strong America

  • Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)

  • Educators for Excellence – Los Angeles

  • EdVoice Institute

  • Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

  • Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

“Today’s grantees are in a unique position to impact the changing California education system by focusing on effective policy implementation at both the local and state levels,” said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which manages the fund on behalf of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 

In year one of the grant, CAP will convene a task force to draft a set of recommendations for California community colleges, drawing upon strands of research and practice currently occurring in isolation –e.g., college and career readiness work under the Common Core, research and practice related to placement reform, national policy recommendations for increasing college completion, the principles of Deeper Learning, and promising new models of remediation.  

In year two, we will disseminate task force recommendations through key statewide venues, provide technical assistance to a small group of California community colleges to implement these recommendations, and use the experience of early initiator colleges to develop materials that support the implementation of recommended reforms in the larger system. 

Press release from California Education Policy Fund

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