Growing up in the Imperial Valley instilled a commitment that all high school students have equal access to courses leading to college.
The state is in the process of rewriting its mathematics guidance for schools and teachers, hoping to expand access to advanced math.
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
UC's one-year pause in testing does not mean a permanent end to SAT/ACT for admissions. CSU may follow. Neither university will require letter grades for high school courses this spring.
The Central Valley and Inland Empire especially need to accommodate more students, a report finds.
Some warn that it will be difficult for other districts to increase math graduation requirements due to budget and staffing constraints.
Opponents say the requirement would harm black and Latino students. Supporters say it would prepare students for college math courses.
CSU expected to hear much criticism before trustees vote in November. Critics say the proposal will curtail college access.
De Anza High School in West Contra Costa Unified in the East Bay has seen its graduation rate rise higher than the statewide average from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
Fresno Unified and San Diego Unified case studies show how districts can effectively target resources.
Corrected for problems with past years’ calculations, 82.7 percent in the Class of 2017 got their diplomas compared with 83.8 percent the year before.
Requiring graduates meet California State University requirements may deny diplomas to otherwise prepared students.
Failure of districts to update A-G course lists can result in students being denied admission to UC/CSU despite meeting requirements.
More money will also go to better prepare low-income students for state universities.
Some students struggle with the requirement to meet UC and CSU standards.