When students’ stellar test scores are called into question in the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver,” actor Edward James Olmos, playing a real-life high school math teacher whose success story the move is based on, calls out the racial motivations behind the investigation. “Those scores would have never been questioned if my kids did not have Spanish surnames […]
The class of 2016 proved the naysayers wrong. Higher expectations, along with proper support, produce higher results.
Many officials have warned that aging schools are more likely to be at risk of lead exposure. But age alone isn’t a solid indicator. We’ve mapped district schools by age, as well as by the condition of campus facilities. Buildings in bad condition are more likely to have plumbing issues.
The state confirmed Tuesday that 91 percent of San Diego Unified’s class of 2016 graduated. But that number doesn’t show all the factors that came together to make the rate possible – whether it was allowing certain students to test out of requirements or losing low-performing students to charter schools.
San Diego Unified and Grossmont Union are suing to shut down certain charter schools that offer online credit-recovery courses and independent study options, saying they’re illegally operating within their boundaries. Meanwhile, San Diego Unified is expanding its own versions of those programs, hoping to capitalize on the growing market for non-traditional education options and hold onto students who would otherwise leave.
Data provided by five charter schools offers a window into the way San Diego Unified benefited from a system that allows it to unload its lowest-performing students and maintain a graduation rate above 90 percent.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Mario Koran dig in to the unusually high graduation rates touted by local schools.
Federal officials will audit California and Alabama’s graduation rates. But as we’ve found, even when districts play by the reporting rules, the numbers don’t always tell the whole story.
Last school year, 1,381 seniors – more than 20 percent of San Diego Unified’s class of 2016 – took an online version of a course required for graduation. Roughly 92 percent of them passed.
Last May, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten announced that 92 percent of the class of 2016 was on track to graduate. Trustees and supporters hailed it as a colossal success. But it turns out the 92 percent number refers only to students who fit a very specific definition. And it excludes thousands who left district schools.