Students in the San Joaquin Valley lag behind in academic performance – about 60 percent of Valley students from 2nd grade through 11th grade do not meet the state’s proficiency levels in math and reading. Valley students are at a disadvantage in being adequately prepared for college with only 26 percent completing UC and CSU eligibility coursework and only 23 percent taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In addition, career and technical education programs struggle to adequately prepare students for success in careers after high school.
Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI) professional learning experiences engaged more than 860 Valley leaders that touch the lives of over 100,000 students. CVELI was honored this year to be renamed in honor of Dr. John Welty.
The John R. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership
Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI) was formed in 2002 by then-President Dr. John Welty with the mission to support Central Valley educational leaders in their efforts to eliminate the achievement gap and raise the achievement of all students. See Full 2016 Review
The PreK-12 Education Work Group focuses on improving the academic achievement of all students in the Valley. The work group is leading the effort to ensure all students have access to educational opportunities and resources through public-private partnerships and best-practice programs to prepare students for success in college and career.
- Increase the achievement level of students, schools and school districts in the San Joaquin
- Develop a college-going culture in the San Joaquin Valley.
- Align career technical education to target industry clusters.
- Examine data systems to meet needs of districts and higher education institutions in the region to enhance data collection, transference of information.