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.
California’s new science standards emphasize an approach that combines scientific disciplines.
In veto message, Newsom says giving districts the test option would widen inequities in college admission that the bill was intended to narrow.
The new law, which takes effect this fall, aims to move more students out of remedial math and English classes.
Some warn that it will be difficult for other districts to increase math graduation requirements due to budget and staffing constraints.
CSU has also pledged $10 million to train more math and science teachers, but skeptics question whether that investment will be sufficient.
Opponents say the requirement would harm black and Latino students. Supporters say it would prepare students for college math courses.
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.