Last week, we got a firsthand look at the many ways in which students at East Village High School cheat on the district’s online credit recovery courses. A San Diego Unified spokesman dismissed claims that cheating occurs were merely “anecdotal.” Since then, more teachers and students have come forward with stories that suggest the problem is pervasive.
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.
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.
Getting kids to graduate high school is one challenge, but setting up students to succeed beyond graduation is a whole different animal.
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.
Fewer than two-thirds of black and Latino students in San Diego Unified are on track to graduate in 2016, a new study shows.
Students who take a nontraditional route – those who complete a GED, take more than four years to graduate or receive a special ed certificate – are not included in San Diego Unified’s overall grad rate. But they’re not considered dropouts either.
If recent numbers are a guide, thousands of students could be at risk of failing to meet new graduation standards that kick in two years from now. But the district says the support system it’s putting in place will fill in the gaps.
San Diego Unified often touts its high graduation rates. But 2013 numbers show only half of students who graduate meet the standards to enter a UC or California State University school.