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March 13, 2023
Alternative math courses could improve access for students
School districts may want to consider developing alternatives to traditional math-course sequences in order to better serve students and improve access to advanced math courses, according to a new report published by PACE.
Only half of all California high school seniors enroll in an advanced math class, despite evidence that enrolling in 12th grade math has a positive impact on college eligibility and success, according to the report.
“Moreover, we note substantial inequalities in senior-year math enrollment and performance by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status,” the authors write. “Given that a recent study of Los Angeles Unified School District high school graduates found that enrollment in a math course during 12th grade has a positive impact on college eligibility, enrollment, and persistence, this descriptive evidence raises deep concerns over uneven access to educational opportunities in math among California students.”
The report highlights six partnerships between higher education and K-12 that developed advanced innovative math (AIM) courses as viable alternatives to traditional 12th-grade math courses.
Taking these courses — which include Data Science and Quantitative Reasoning — was shown to increase the likelihood that students will complete course requirements for CSU or UC eligibility by 3–10 percentage points, according to the report. Case studies on each of the six partnerships details AIM course enrollment data, teacher perspectives and analysis on student outcomes.
“In addition to improving access to traditional advanced math courses for underserved students, there are important opportunities for school districts to adopt new courses that may better serve students whose postsecondary goals do not require Calculus,” the authors state in their conclusion.
Read the report at

ACSA members honored with CUE Awards for tech leadership
CUE has announced the winners of its annual CUE Awards, which recognize CUE members who have made extraordinary contributions to the education profession. This year’s winners include ACSA members Sophia Mendoza and Brian Wise, who were recognized along with other award recipients during the Spring CUE Conference.
Mendoza is director of the Instructional Technology Initiative at Los Angeles USD. She received the CUE Administrator of the Year Award, which recognizes an administrator who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his/her school/district/region. This award is presented to an administrator who demonstrated strong support for the belief that all students can excel academically, exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning, a commitment to educational quality, student achievement, and professional growth, and creativity and innovation in building a learning environment that promotes ongoing risk-taking and exploration.
Wise is the education technology specialist with Ceres USD. He was recognized with the CUE Affiliate Leader of the Year Award in celebration of his contributions and service to his local affiliate, Central California CUE. Affiliate leaders have helped grow and strengthen their affiliate and affiliate programs.
CUE, Computer-Using Educators, is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1978.
Last chance! Be a presenter at Lead With Pride
ACSA is seeking presenters for the 2023 Lead With Pride Summit, which will be held May 3-5 at Town and Country Resort in San Diego. The Summit will empower California school administrators and educators with the tools to create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQIA+ students and staff. Visit to submit your proposal. Proposals are due 5 p.m. Friday, March 17. A discounted registration rate will be given for presenters (up to three per session).
Join equity warriors March 30-April 1 in Napa
ACSA’s 2023 Equity Institute “A Call for Social Justice: Equity Warriors Actualizing Justice and Access” will be held March 30-April 1 at Meritage Resort in Napa. Participants will engage directly with experts in the field to build on the existing work to create innovative, inclusive and equitable pathways to learning in our schools. Keynotes Eugene Hamilton, Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle, and Dr. Tyrone Howard will present alongside other equity warriors from throughout the state (see presenter bios and session descriptions online). Space is still available for this event. Register at
Still time to join ACSA Virtual Networking Events
There are five Virtual Networking Events left this school year. Hosted by ACSA’s Committees and Councils, all school leaders are invited to attend these online meetings based on their job function and/or interest. Pre-registration is required using a unique Zoom link. Visit and click on the Virtual Networking Events tab to register.
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