About the K-16 Collaborative
The K-16 Collaborative will convene local K-12 districts, community colleges, CSUs, and UCs to participate in five sub-regional partnerships, unifying leaders across grade level to develop tangible solutions to persistent equity gaps.
Our Regional Cause
Educational attainment is a key driver of economic success and intergenerational upward mobility. Yet students from low-income and historically underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds have poorer educational outcomes: Black and Latinx students are 13-17% less likely to matriculate to higher education after graduating high school. The disparity continues through college, as first-time Black and Latinx CSU students in the L.A. region are 19-25% less likely to earn a Bachelor’s within six years compared to white students.
We’re failing to provide students with accessible, robust pathways to successful careers.
Health, computing and engineering – high-growth fields – are expected to grow exponentially over the next several years in Los Angeles. We must align resources with strategies that successfully accelerate academic outcomes for students, using a systems-change approach, and closing racial and gender gaps in postsecondary attainment and employment.