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1 Supporting the Academic Success of Foster Youth Partial Credit Recommendations By the Child and Youth Development and Successful Transitions Committee Presented to the Child Welfare Council

2 The Challenge Foster youth experience significant barriers to academic success including frequent change of schools As a result, foster youth are Often working below grade level (75%) Frequently held back by 3 rd grade (84%) More likely to drop out (46%) Less likely to graduate (50% vs 70% of peers) Less likely to pursue post-secondary education (20% vs. 60% of peers)

3 Previous Legislative Action California AB 490 Chapter 862, Statutes of 2003 Grants right to stay in school of origin Grants right to partial credits Grants right to timely transfer of records and enrollment, and Grants right to Foster Youth Services Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 Requires case plans ensure educational stability 3

4 Previous Legislative Action cont. California Chapter 224, Statues of 2009 Allows foster youth transferred in grades 11 or 12 to receive high school diploma by meeting States minimum requirements California Chapter 472, Statues of 2011 Requires districts to award and receive partial credit, prohibits requiring a student to retake any partial coursework already completed Federal Uninterrupted Scholars Act of 2013 Amends FERPA to allow access of student records by Child Welfare and Probation 4

5 Partial Credit Challenge Current California law requires that partial credit be allowed but does not create a system for how that is done. School districts have adopted many different credit systems, making it difficult to award credit when students transfer from district to district.

6 Model Policies and Practices Many districts and County Offices of Education have adopted articulated policies and practices for awarding Partial Credit. With such policies, partial credit is calculated based on such things as: Hours of instruction Days enrolled Days attended

7 Hemet Unified School District Los Angeles Unified School District Sacramento County Office of Education Board Policy, Foster youth, homeless or unaccompanied youth, who exit the school district prior to the end of a grading period, will be issued partial credit based on the number of days enrolled and the course grade to date From LAUSD Policy Bulletin (2004) A general guide of 12 hours of instruction is = to 1 credit. Standardized determination of partial credit facilitated by online calculator, a part of the Foster Focus database 1-9 days = No credit/no grade days = 0.5 credit/subject days =1 credit/subject days = 1.5 credits/subject days = 2 credits/subject days = 2.5 credits/subject days = 3 credits/subject days = 3.5 credits/subject days = 4 credits/subject days = 4.5 credits/subject 73+ days =5 credits/subject hours of instruction is generally = to 1 credit hours of instruction is generally = to 2 credits hours of instruction is generally = to 3 credits hours of instruction is generally = to 4 credits hours of instruction is generally = to 5 credits Partial Credits determined based on the percentage of days enrolled out of total days in term If enrolled 15 days out of a 60 day term, the foster youth earns 25% of possible credits for course If enrolled 30 days out of a 60 day term, the foster youth earns 50% of possible credits for course If enrolled 45 days out of a 60 day term, the foster youth earns 75% of possible credits for course Model Policies and Practices

8 Recommendations The issue of Partial Credit is well-suited for the Child Welfare Council to address given: Our VISION that every child is prepared for the transition into adulthood and being a contributing member of society. Our MISSION to serve as forum to advocate for effective strategies and resources to improve outcomes for foster children. Our GUIDING PRINCIPLE to collaborate across systems to improve outcomes for foster youth.

9 Expediency to address this issue is of great importance. Not one more foster youth should be faced with the additional burden of having to struggle with getting credits that he or she has earned. Therefore, the Child Development and Successful Youth Transitions Committee will Facilitate a convening key of education leadership parties, tasked with developing cohesive policy and implementation strategies for awarding partial credit statewide. First convening within 60 days (May 31, 2013). Uniform policy recommendations and implementation strategies within 120 days (July 31, 2013). Report on progress in June and September, Recommendations

10 People like you can help kids like me navigate the maze of classes, transfer and credit requirements with new laws to ensure we get a fair hand. We need credits to transfer, time to make-up missing work, and when justified, a chance to re-take a failed class. Help us achieve high school graduation and the chance to directly enter college. Help stop this crazy generational cycle of abuse, neglect and school failure. Kids like me, foster kids, are worth your time and effort. Help us achieve school success. - Anonymous foster youth


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