On a recent visit to an online credit recovery course at a San Diego Unified high school, students — and even teachers — showed us just how easy it is to game the assignments, including Googling the answers in real time, muting lectures and typing gobbledygook in as responses and receiving credit.
The class of 2016 proved the naysayers wrong. Higher expectations, along with proper support, produce higher results.
On the podcast this week, we break down San Diego Unified’s big grad rate announcement, and how the district chose to obliquely respond to our reporting. Plus, the lead proponents for and against San Diego’s major pension reform initiative joined the show to talk about this week’s big court ruling.
That layoffs hit the poorest schools hardest is generally accepted as true – both by people who want to preserve the current system of teacher protections and those who want to dismantle it.
Each new story about missteps at Lincoln High School brings a new round of questions from readers who ask what can be done, if anything, to set the school on a path for success. Let’s take a look at several potential solutions that are often floated.
Fewer than two-thirds of black and Latino students in San Diego Unified are on track to graduate in 2016, a new study shows.
San Diego Unified plans to rebuild Memorial Prep, and construct a new high school structured around career pathways. So why do leaders think the approach shows promise? And what, exactly, is a career pathway anyway?
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, weighs in on efforts like San Diego Unified’s Vision 2020 plan that focus on keeping students in neighborhood schools.
The decades-long effort to address the school’s issues continues: In addition to a middle school, the district also plans to create a new high school on the same campus. The money for the renovations will come from Props. S and Z.
In 1977, a Superior Court judge found 23 San Diego Unified schools to be so racially isolated they deprived black and Latino students’ equal rights to a quality education. He ordered the district to desegregate its schools. Nearly 40 years later, with one possible exception, Latino and black students are isolated at every school left on the original list. The district’s strategic plan for the future – called Vision 2020 – may make that worse.