“Invisible California” Report Highlights Educational Needs of Antelope Valley

Laura Steen Mulfinger, Allison Carter, and Hannah Melnicoe, Pivot Learning October 12, 2017
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First report in the “Invisible California” series highlights educational needs of the Antelope Valley region in Los Angeles county

Bigger than the state of Rhode Island, the Antelope Valley is the northern-most part of Los Angeles County. Composed of Lancaster, Palmdale, and the surrounding communities, it is one of the highest need regions in California.

Over the past year, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) has partnered with Pivot Learning to paint a comprehensive picture of the educational needs of students, families and educators in the region.

The report discusses:

  • Dramatic increases and changes in the Valley student population as families flee higher-cost regions in Los Angeles
  • Large-scale movement of the Los Angeles African-American and Latino/a communities into the Valley
  • Dramatic rise in the number of foster youth and homeless students
  • Impacts on the education system of these rapid demographic changes
  • K-12, higher education, health and transportation infrastructure needs of students from pre-school through post-secondary

A panel of experts, including school district, community, and city leaders and researchers will discuss the state of education in the Antelope Valley. They will provide recommendations to expand and improve educational opportunities for the large numbers of African-American, English Learners, low-income, homeless, and foster youth in the region.

Pivot Learning

Pivot Learning is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize our public school systems so that all students have the opportunity to succeed in college and career. We partner with education leaders at all levels of the system—including superintendents, mid-level district leaders, principals, teachers and community members—to provide the knowledge, skills and support proven to strengthen educational systems and transform teaching and learning.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California – Davis. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. PACE bridges the gap between research and policy, working to increase the impact of academic research on educational policy in California.

“We believe that key thought leaders in California can begin a new dialogue focused on bringing long overdue resources and supports to communities, students and families of the Antelope Valley.”


This report was published in partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Read the report on

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