L.A. school board sets a new goal: prepare every grad to be eligible to apply for Cal State or UC

Last month, Los Angeles’ school board president proposed a spate of highly ambitious mandates aimed at ensuring that every district graduate be eligible to apply to one of the state’s public four-year universities by 2023.

By the time the L.A. Unified school board unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday, the original language had been watered down. The goal is no longer that in five years 100% of students meet the long list of benchmarks, which include not just college eligibility for graduates but first-grade reading proficiency and English fluency by sixth grade for all students who enter the district in kindergarten or first grade speaking another language.

The original college-readiness goal, for example, called for “100% of all high school students” to be eligible to apply to one of the state’s four-year universities. Now the goal seems to offer more wiggle room: “Prepare all high school graduates to be eligible to apply to a California four-year university.”

It’s not clear how much improvement schools would have to make for every graduate to be eligible for a Cal State or University of California campus. That’s because there isn’t a clear baseline.

Board President Monica Garcia had to correct an error in the resolution during the meeting. The district estimated that 56% of all students in the class of 2017 earned a C or higher in the classes necessary to apply to Cal State, she said, not 56% of all those in the class who graduated. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-college-ready-resolution-20180612-story.html