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Berkeley's 2020 Vision: Equity in Education


Berkeley’s 2020 Vision: Equity in Education is a collective impact initiative that strives to eliminate racial disparities in academic achievement in Berkeley’s public schools.[1] This citywide partnerships seeks to close Berkeley’s educational “opportunity gap” through a shared community commitment to this goal: that all young people in Berkeley grow up with equitable opportunities to achieve high outcomes and realize their full potential.

Community-Driven Priority on Educational Equity: Berkeley’s 2020 Vision was formally established in 2008, when the City joined with United in Action, a community-driven, multi-ethnic coalition, the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and other key community stakeholders to issue a call for urgent action to make educational success, equity, and outcomes…a communitywide priority.”[2] These partners set a goal of high academic achievement for all Berkeley students, while placing a priority on closing the opportunity gap for African American and Latino/a/x children and youth.

Aligned Systems, Measurable Results: This initiative rests on the belief that the responsibility for providing all children and youth with what they need to fulfill their potential extends beyond school walls to the entire community – to public agencies, community organizations, businesses, families, and more. To this end, Berkeley’s 2020 Vision’s stakeholders collaborate to align and strengthen systems, to leverage resources, and to create and increase access to opportunities that support young people’s success, as measured through defined outcomes.

Berkeley’s 2020 Vision Partners: Four core institutional partners oversee Berkeley’s 2020 Vision: the City of Berkeley, BUSD, Berkeley City College (BCC), and the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Public agency, education, nonprofit, and other partners lend content expertise, shape the direction of this initiative, and represent the students and families they serve. Local funders and institutional partners have aligned their funding to advance the goals of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision. With this support, nonprofits and community agencies design and implement programs and services across Berkeley to “move the needle” on key indicators of student well-being and academic attainment.      

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 [1] Berkeley has one of the nation’s widest achievement gaps among African American and Latino/a/x students and their white peers. Reardon, S.F., Kalogrides, D., & Shores, K. (Forthcoming). Reardon, S.F., Kalogrides, D., & Shores, K. (Forthcoming). The Geography of Racial/Ethnic Test Score Gaps. The American Journal of Sociology (   

 [2] City of Berkeley Resolution, “2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth,” June 24, 2008.   
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