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Gov. Newsom says California to track residents from 'cradle to career' after China trip

After a trip to China, which uses a social credit score system, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the next phase of the state's "Cradle to Career" system that uses more than one billion data points.

Published: November 5, 2023 6:25am

(The Center Square) -

After a trip to China, which uses a social credit score system, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the next phase of the state's "Cradle to Career" system that uses more than one billion data points.

“By leveraging billions of data points, California’s Cradle-to-Career data system will be a game-changer for improving the quality of life for millions of Californians and highlighting ways to improve opportunity in the classroom and access to the workforce.”

The system is designed to “illuminate gaps and identify opportunities throughout students’ education experiences so they can ultimately reach their goals for life and careers” through data that includes “race, gender, ability, and geography to illuminate and address areas of strength and needed growth, and any inequities.”

“This milestone represents a significant step forward in our mission to establish a robust, comprehensive data system that provides a nuanced understanding of Californians’ educational and professional journeys,” said Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System. “I want to thank our data partners for their unwavering commitment to ensuring that Californians will have validated, reliable data available to inform decisions. This collective effort will equip our state with the data and tools necessary to ensure that every Californian has the opportunity to succeed.”

The system is designed to be used by students, families, politicians, researchers, and policymakers, providing insights from a granular, individual level to the state as a whole.

Ten million dollars was initially dedicated to “Cradle to Career” in the 2019-2020 fiscal year with another $14.5 million in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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