The CORE Districts were established in 2010, when Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco collaborated with the State of California in an unprecedented attempt to secure federal funding under Race to the Top.
Although the state’s grant application was denied, the districts’ collaboration led to them eventually becoming the only local educational agencies in the nation to secure a federal No Child Left Behind waiver.
From 2013 to 2016 under the waiver, the districts worked to build capabilities of educators, established a shared data system; held themselves publicly accountable for reporting school progress across multiple academic and non-academic indicators; identified and supported schools in need of assistance; and shared success across districts. Their ongoing work to build educators’ improvement capabilities, share data and to develop network strategies so that schools and districts can learn from each other is nationally recognized.
Today, an unwavering belief in equity and access for all students continues to drive the CORE Districts’ work, which is evident in the lessons shared within and across districts and schools, and with state and federal policymakers.