Research Publications

By bringing leaders and educators together across institutions and disciplines, Bridge to Success looks at the greatest barriers to student achievement and, together, develops integrated solutions to overcome them. Bridge to Success uses data to drive strategy, and has assembled a robust team of researchers from City College, SFUSD, the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University, and Harder+Company Community Research.

Below are some of the publications that have been generated through Bridge to Success:

Math Placement Acceleration Initiative at City College of San Francisco (October 2012)

This issue brief both presents an analysis predicting students’ success in their first community college math course and explains how a new placement policy created through San Francisco’s Bridge to Success (BtS) initiative acts on these results.

The Placement, Performance, and Persistence of New Students from SFUSD High Schools (May 2012)

The report concentrates on the performance of graduating San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students. For comparison purposes, it also incorporates data on other new high school gradu-ates at CCSF, including graduates from private San Francisco high schools and from other California and US schools, as well as data on CCSF students who graduated from schools located abroad.

Math Articulation Between the San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco (July 2011)

Nationwide estimates indicate that over half of students who graduate from high school and enroll in community college are unprepared for college-level work. This brief examines how well students’ math performance in the San Francisco Unified School District predicted college-readiness in math at the City College of San Francisco.

Developing Early Warning Indicators for the San Francisco Unified School District (July 2011)

The Youth Data Archive analysis helped San Francisco Unified School District develop indicators for an Early Warning System to allow high schools to identify incoming ninth grade students who are at risk of not graduating and need extra supports to stay on track.

Supporting the Transition to Postsecondary Education (July 2011)

San Francisco public agencies used findings from this analysis to help develop a “summer bridge” program to increase the number of students that transition into a postsecondary institution, and to improve the transition for those who do. The analysis presents the characteristics of students who graduated from San Francisco Unified School District but did not attend a postsecondary institution.

English Articulation Between the San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco

Research has shown that students who place below college-level courses are less likely to advance through the sequence of remedial courses needed to complete a two-year or four-year degree. This brief examines the relationship between students’ high school English performance at SFUSD and their performance on CCSF’s English placement test for incoming students.

Secondary to Postsecondary Transitions for Youth in San Francisco Unified School District (2010)

The Youth Data Archive assisted a partnership between San Francisco Unified School District and the City College of San Francisco by linking individual-level student data to help build a coordinated strategy on the ground changes needed to make a real difference in the lives of youth.