Preparing students for college means giving them more than a grounding in academics. Time-management skills, an ability to persevere to solve problems, and a sense of personal responsibility are also skills that schools can instill to help students navigate the challenges of higher education.
Studies show that freshman year can be one of the most critical years in a student's academic journey.
As California schools move to implement new science standards, there will be an increased demand for teachers in a subject area where there is already a severe shortage.
The ACT and SAT provide many valuable benefits to both students and schools, proponents say.
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.
Only a small fraction of California students learn computer science in school.
Fresno Unified and San Diego Unified case studies show how districts can effectively target resources.
New preK-12 curriculum in the Tracy Unified School District will integrate math, science, engineering, computer science and English language arts.
College admissions tests rank students on a curve rather than measuring how well they are meeting state standards and are weaker predictors of college performance than high-school grades.
One bill would let school districts give the SAT or ACT to all students, at state expense; another calls on UC and CSU to consider phasing out the tests altogether.
More attention, training needed to solve the problem of misleading grades, author says.
Unaccompanied immigrant students face a daunting set of obstacles to finish high school. Many students have survived severe trauma in their home countries or missed years of school.
College of the Canyons has been a trailblazer for several years with its policy of placing more of its students in math classes that count for transfer instead of remedial courses.
The California Career Pathways Trust funded alliances among school districts, businesses and colleges that established hundreds of new career pathway programs, but regional commitments were hard to sustain, a study found.
While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
But social and emotional support can help more students succeed in college.