Fewer students in rural school districts took the courses required for admission to the University of California or California State University. (See definitions below)

Source: California Department of Education and EdSource analysis.
Definitions:
*The label urban/suburban or town/rural is based on an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education
*A-G completion rate: Percentage of high school students who successfully completed the A-G courses required to enroll in UC or CSU
*SAT rate: Percentage of eligible students who took the standardized Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for college admission
*ACT rate: Percentage of eligible students who took the standardized American College Testing (ACT) test for college admission
*AP rate: Percentage of high school seniors who completed an Advanced Placement course and took the year-end test

 

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  1. William McGinnis 5 months ago5 months ago

    This has been a long-standing problem in our region of northern California. Some high schools are improving in our local community, where the rate has increased from 25% to 48% taking the A-G course work but it is hit and miss. Butte College and Chico State have been making efforts at the K-8 grade levels to talk to students about college as well as vocational training programs. Dual enrollment programs are also helping improve the … Read More

    This has been a long-standing problem in our region of northern California. Some high schools are improving in our local community, where the rate has increased from 25% to 48% taking the A-G course work but it is hit and miss. Butte College and Chico State have been making efforts at the K-8 grade levels to talk to students about college as well as vocational training programs. Dual enrollment programs are also helping improve the college going rates. Our biggest challenge is changing the attitudes of parents.

    Please keep up your efforts to highlight this issue.

  2. ED 5 months ago5 months ago

    Your numbers are way off for San Francisco Unified. There are not 11,000 high school seniors in SFUSD; the number is closer to 4,000. The graduation rate is also much higher than 37%.

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    • Daniel J. Willis 5 months ago5 months ago

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, you’re right, it appears to be significantly off for SFUSD. Unfortunately what you see on the site reflects what CDE offers in their five-year cohort grad rate download file. We’re following up with CDE and SFUSD to get to the bottom of the error and get good numbers for that district.

  3. SB 5 months ago5 months ago

    Just a clarifying question…for the SAT and ACT Rate, how is “eligible students” operationalized? Thank you.

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    • Daniel J. Willis 5 months ago5 months ago

      We used the student counts and the participant counts in CDE’s postsecondary preparation files. Rather than try to go through everything in a comment, here’s a link to the source which has all the definitions and data dictionaries: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/ai/