FYSCP 2022 - Legislative ReportProvides information about the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) for school years 2019–20 and 2020–21.
California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office:
2022 Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program Report
This report is required by California Education Code (EC) Section 42923(b). For every even-numbered year, the California Department of Education (CDE) provides a report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Legislative Analyst's Office with the activities of California’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) and student learning outcomes of foster youth. This report includes information for the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years.
For foster youth learning outcomes, there are notable improvements during this reporting period:
- Increased high school graduation rate as seen in the two-year change; particularly, the 2.6 percentage points of increase are much larger than the 0.5 percentage point increase of non-foster youth, which shows a significant step toward narrowing the opportunity gap.
- Increased foster youth school stability rates by six percentage points, thus narrowing the opportunity gap.
- Increased foster youth Free Application for Federal Student Aid/California Dream Act Application completion rates from 2019–20 to 2020–21 by 4.4 percentage points.
- Decrease in the statewide juvenile detention rate for foster youth by 2.4 percentage points from 2019–20 to 2020–21, representing more than 1,100 fewer foster youth receiving instruction in a juvenile detention facility.
Based on program service activities and data details provided in the following pages, this report recommends (a) amending EC Section 42921(e)(2)(A) to remove the annual local educational agency waiver requirements to provide direct services to foster youth, (b) securing funding to support district foster youth educational liaison positions, and (c) continuation of the funding of the FYSCP to ensure the support infrastructure remains in place.
If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Deborah Avalos, Education Programs Consultant, Student Achievement and Support Division, by phone at 916-323-5113 or by email at DAvalos@cde.ca.gov.