What is the Kern Education Pledge?

No single program or institution can single-handedly solve the complex, large-scale, education and workforce readiness challenges facing our community.

Successful, equitable and healthy communities foster education and career success and align their institutions and resources to advance that vision. Every student needs and deserves an opportunity to earn a post secondary certificate, credential or college degree. Improving student outcomes at scale requires innovative and sustained collaboration across institutions to achieve significant and lasting change. As a result, the educational leaders in Kern County have created an alliance to begin the work of transforming our educational system from cradle to career. Recognizing that achieving our goals requires innovative and sustained collaboration across institutions, we envision additional community partners joining this pledge going forward.

Kern Education Pledge signatories consists of all 47 public school districts in Kern County, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, CSU Bakersfield, the Kern Community College District, Taft College, Charters, and community partners.

Kern Education Pledge Goals & Indicators

The Kern Education Pledge signatories will regularly measure their progress as students matriculate through the local educational pathway, in pursuit of the following goals:

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Governance Structure

Kern Education Pledge Governance Council

The Kern Education Pledge Governance Council represents the leadership behind the Kern Education Pledge. These education and industry leaders have committed to spearheading this effort and being champions of promoting the power of collective impact on student success in Kern County.

Mary C. Barlow

Mary C. Barlow

Kern County
Superintendent of Schools

Julie Boesch

Julie Boesch

Maple
School District

Thomas J. Burke

Thomas J. Burke

Kern Community
College District

Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

Fairfax
School District

Doc Ervin

Doc Ervin

Bakersfield City
School District

Ramon Hendrix

Ramon Hendrix

Greenfield Union
School District

Samuel 'Aaron' Resendez

Samuel "Aaron" Resendez

McFarland Unified
School District

Katie Russell

Katie Russell

Panama-Buena Vista
Union School District

Bryon Schaefer

Bryon Schaefer

Kern High
School District

Lynnette Zelezny

Lynnette Zelezny

California State
University Bakersfield

Work Groups

The Kern Education Pledge signatories will regularly measure their progress as students matriculate through the local educational pathway, in pursuit of the following goals:

Latest Work Group Update

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Current Data

2018-2019 Kern County CAASPP Results

No data available for the 2019 – 2020 academic year due to suspended state testing.

Business Involvement

The Kern Education Pledge relies on the engagement of business and industry partners. Below are some recent examples of private sector partnerships with schools. Please contact Amanda Frank, Kern Education Pledge Coordinator, at (661) 636-4867 or amfrank@kern.org to discuss ways that your business can become involved in the work of the Kern Education Pledge.