Inequitable class offerings, poor grades and other problems have prevented San Diego Unified students from meeting the minimum requirements to apply to the University of California or California State University system, a long-awaited report on college readiness has found.
The issue looms larger for African American and Latino students, who are less likely to meet the bar than their white or Asian classmates.
To even apply for public universities in California, students must take 15 courses that meet specific requirements and get a C or better in each, a set of classes known as the A-G sequence. The San Diego Unified school board has pledged to make those classes part of its high school graduation requirements.
San Diego Unified hired Education Trust West, a nonprofit and research group that aims to close the achievement gap, for $300,000 in October to evaluate where the school district has fallen short and what it would take to achieve its goal. The group studied class schedules, course catalogs and student transcripts, and interviewed and surveyed parents, students, and educators over the past year.