"College & Career Readiness" is the buzz word in education today.
When Common Core was first implemented, the goal was to improve STEM education. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. School Districts across the country have rushed to spend millions of dollars on classroom computers, online learning programs, and the technology infrastructure to support Common Core implementation. Despite all the spending, what "College and Career Readiness" really comes down to, is improving student achievement in Math.
To have the option of getting into a 4-year college or university all students must:
- Complete their A-G course requirements, and
- Take the college SAT or ACT test, and score well enough to get into the type of college or university a particular student would like to attend.
There are no requirements for getting into Community College. When a district talks about "College and Career Readiness", the conversation should not be directed at preparing students to enter a community college. That option is available to everyone at all times.
To improve "College and Career Readiness" you need to provide students with greater opportunities to complete A-G requirements, and you need to improve student achievement in math.
Capistrano Unified School District has a very large disconnect between the number of students completing A-G requirements (which shows an inclination to attend a 4- year college or university), and the number of students that are completing satisfactory work in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II/Trig by the end of 11th grade (preferably by the end of 10th grade).
UC and CSU A-G course requirements
For information see:
UC Options for completing A-G: http://ucop.edu/agguide/get-help/options/index.html
Cal State Options for A-G: https://secure.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/subjects.asp
54.4% of CUSD Students Are Currently Completing A-G Requirements.
That means that only 54% of CUSD students are qualified to apply to a 4-Year College. Everyone else (46% of students) will have no option but to attend community college to complete these requirements before applying to a 4-year selective University. If your child's goal is to attend a 4-year college right after high school, they must complete all of their A-G requirements.
By School Site:
- Aliso Niguel High School: 58%
- Capistrano Valley High School: 59.8%
- Dana Hills High School: 57.2%
- San Clemente High School: 59.5%
- San Juan Hills High School: 58.8%
- Tesoro High School: 62.9%
CUSD Could Improve A-G Completing Rates By Eliminating CCP/Health As A Requirement to Graduate.
CUSD requires a full year of CCP/Health to graduate. This is unique to CUSD. Requiring CCP/Health rather than allowing students to take an A-G course puts CUSD students one year behind other districts on their A-G requirements. If CUSD would eliminate CCP as a requirement for graduation, and incorporate the 3 required units of Health into PE- CUSD would see a substantial increase in A-G completion rates.