Exclusive: Less than half of LAUSD’s Class of 2019 are on track to graduate eligible for California’s public universities

Less than half of L.A. Unified’s Class of 2019 are eligible for the state’s public universities, the latest district projections show.

As of March, 49 percent of the 34,734 prospective graduates are on track to pass all of their “A-G” college preparation courses with Cs or better. This means that less than half of the class currently has the grades to qualify for the University of California and California State University school systems. These in-state schools are a popular option for graduates, especially as about 4 in 5 L.A. Unified students are minorities from low-income families — some first-time college-goers.

“I have very high expectations for where the district and where our students should go … so no, [these rates] don’t meet my expectations for what our kids are capable of,” said board Vice President Nick Melvoin, who amended last year’s “Close the Gap by 2023” resolution to require the district to start reporting students’ eligibility for state colleges in addition to the standard graduation rate.

There are 15 A-G courses in all district high schools, including English, math, science, foreign language and other core electives. Students need to get Ds or better in those courses to graduate, and Cs or better to be eligible for the US/CSU systems. L.A. Unified’s Class of 2016 was the first cohort that had to complete all of those courses in order to earn a high school diploma.

The percentage of students meeting the state’s public university requirements has only slightly ticked up since then. About 46.1 percent of the Class of 2017 and 47.9 percent of the Class of 2018 got Cs or better. This data account for all prospective graduates in a given year — not just those who graduated — and include the district’s affiliated charter schools but not independent charters. Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/exclusive-less-than-half-of-lausds-class-of-2019-are-on-track-to-graduate-eligible-for-californias-public-universities/