October 2006 | Colleen Moore
This is the second in a series of reports analyzing and interpreting California’s performance on key higher education measures by looking at regional and racial differences in these measures. The study uses a methodology similar to that of the 50-state higher education report card produced bi-annually by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The national report card presents composite, statewide scores in five categories, with the intent of spurring more detailed analysis by states. An examination of the individual components within each category, and a breakdown of the data by region and race/ethnicity, reveals a few hopeful signs in the area of preparing high school students for college, including improvements in standardized test scores and increasing enrollment of 8th graders in algebra, considered a gateway to enrolling in higher math and science courses that better prepare students for college.