LAUSD College-Prep Plan Faces Uphill Struggle, Harvard Study Says

April 8, 2013

The Strategic Data Project College-Going Diagnostic is featured in the following Los Angeles Daily Breeze article. 

A Harvard study released Monday found that just 16 percent of LAUSD's Class of 2011 passed the classes needed to attend California's public universities, an indicator of the challenges facing the district as it makes rigorous college-prep courses a requirement for graduation.

Researchers tracked Los Angeles Unified's Class of 2011 from the time students entered ninth grade, creating a snapshot of how many graduated four years later and how many completed the A-G curriculum. The slate of 15 classes is needed for admission to the Cal State and University of California systems and - beginning with this year's ninth-graders - is required for graduation from LAUSD. The Class of 2016 can pass those courses with a "D" while future classes will have to get a "C" or better in order to earn credit for taking them.

"We wanted to provide a breakdown of where the district is, based on A-G," said Jon Fullerton, director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. "How do they get from here to where they need to be by 2016?"


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