ARCHES: Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success
Preparing all students for successful futures takes teamwork – our schools can’t do it alone. In order to prepare all students for successful transitions beyond high school, multiple sectors of our society must be aligned around a common purpose.
ARCHES fosters and supports ongoing regional collaboration aimed at improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. By helping Pre K-12, higher education, businesses, unions, governments, and community organizations work together on projects and activities that enhance the quality of education, ARCHES helps to prepare California students for success in college, careers, and life.
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The need for collaboration is singularly imperative in the State of California. More than six million students are enrolled in California's Pre K-12 system; California has the most diverse student population in the country in terms of race, ethnicity, and language; more than half the children in California are poor; and far too many California students graduate from high school not fully prepared for postsecondary education or careers without need for remediation.
Closing the Achievement Gap
The goal is closing the achievement gap and increasing college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates for students in communities with historically low college-going rates. Helping all students succeed requires multi-sector collaboration. It must involve business, educators in the K-12 system, higher education, parents, and community stakeholders.
ARCHES helps regional collaborative teams focus on implementing four strategic practices that have proven effective in closing the achievement gap and increasing college success rates:
Providing all students access to rigorous and relevant educational programs;
Using data to inform continuous improvement;
Creating processes to support successful student transitions;
Implementing policies that promote equitable distribution of resources and opportunities for students and schools.