A majority of California’s school districts, community colleges, and four-year universities
are participating in CalPASS, a groundbreaking program that is improving their students’ academic success.
The CalPASS program makes student achievement data from kindergarten through college available to teachers of all levels. The San Diego Union-Tribune
reports that CalPASS “has collected 346 million student records on 25 million students, including information on demographics, student performance and test scores.” However, students’ test scores are not connected to any personal or identifying information. Instead, teachers, professors, and administrators at all levels of California’s public education system can view the data trends, using the information to determine their instructional decisions.
CalPASS, which stands for California Partnership for Achieving Student Success, is based in Grossmont Community College
in San Diego. It was started in 1998, when Brad Phillips, then the director of research, planning, and academic services at Grossmont, realized that there was no existing channel through which he could ascertain how students from his two-year college were performing academically after they transferred to four-year colleges
. Phillips decided that he needed to create such a system so that teachers and administrators could use the information to improve how students are taught.
How CalPASS has Benefited Community College Students
By allowing instructors to access educational data spanning from kindergarten to college, California’s community college students have enjoyed a myriad of benefits.
Aligns High School and Community College Curriculum
According to its newsletter
, CalPASS aims to “reduce barriers between the segments [of the public education system]...