Improving educational outcomes for children in foster care is the aim of a new initiative involving LACOE, the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and the Foster Youth Education Initiative
Called FosterEd: Los Angeles, the partnership will engage school districts and other stakeholder agencies in analyzing and making recommendations for systemwide improvement.
"Foster children are our children. We have a collective responsibility to ensure they succeed in school," said Jesse Hahnel, FosterEd's director. "We are excited to be partnering with LACOE and others to ensure foster children receive the supports they need to succeed in school and thrive in life."
More than 12,500 foster youth attend school in L.A. County. They fare poorly in terms of educational outcomes when compared with other at-risk student subgroups. WestEd's "Invisible Achievement Gap
," a recent groundbreaking study, found that California foster youth:
• were significantly more likely to change schools
• were significantly more likely to be enrolled in the lowest performing schools
• tested below basic and far below basic at twice the rate of students statewide
• were significantly more likely to drop out than any other at-risk student group
• had a 58-percent grade 12 graduation rate, the lowest rate among at-risk student groups, compared to a grade 12 graduation rate of 84 percent for students statewide
"We are committed to helping improve the academic outcomes of students in foster care," said LACOE Superintendent Arturo Delgado. "No single agency can close the foster youth achievement gap. We're excited to be part of the FosterEd: Los Angeles partnership."
, an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law
, supports state and local agencies in their efforts to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth. Recognized by Center for the Study of Social Policy
as one of 15 local, state and national programs helping foster youth thrive, FosterEd currently operates in California, Indiana, Arizona and New Mexico.
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