Research for Educational Improvement

LAERI is a Los Angeles-based research-practice partnership that uses a cumulative program of research and a collaborative inquiry process to inform policy and practice, with the ultimate goal of contributing to improvements in students’ educational success.
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This report explores the availability of college readiness supports in LAUSD high schools. We draw on data collected from high school counselors and other organizations to describe the types of available supports and the barriers schools face in providing students the help they need with the college application and financial aid process. We conclude with recommendations for improving college readiness supports throughout the district.

This report, which is the first in-depth analysis of LAUSD graduates’ postsecondary outcomes, links data on college enrollment, persistence, and completion from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) with LAUSD data on students’ high school performance and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our report examines where LAUSD graduates enrolled in college, as well as how college-going outcomes differed across a variety of background characteristics including gender, race/ethnicity, English learner status, family educational background, and students’ academic preparation during high school. We also describe postsecondary outcomes for the subset of LAUSD graduates who were eligible for admission to four-year colleges and offer recommendations for how the Los Angeles community can improve students’ postsecondary success in the future.

News & Updates

  • LAERI and LAUSD participated in the NNERPP Forum 2017 in Nashville, TN
  • LAERI and LAUSD blog about their collaboration on college readiness in Education Week (see LAERI blog, Part 1 of LAUSD blog, and Part 2 of LAUSD blog)
  • LAERI and LAUSD collaborators present at the annual meeting of the American Education Research association in San Antonio, TX (see here and here)
  • LAERI collaborators present at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, TX