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Why 75 percent of LAUSD 10th graders aren’t expected to graduate

Eleanor Roosevelt High School graduates in Corona, CA.
Eleanor Roosevelt High School graduates in Corona, CA.
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LAUSD’s plan to prepare students for four-year colleges has had some unintended consequences.

The LA Times reports that 75 percent of 10th-graders in the district could be denied their diplomas, because they didn’t meet the plan’s requirements.

Introduced in 2005, the plan was dubbed “A-G” and was designed to prepare students for 21st century workplaces. The policy upped the math and English requirement to three and four years, respectively. It also raised the minimum passing grade to a “C.”

Superintendent Ramon Cortines tells the L.A. Times that the goal was a good one, but “not practical, realistic or fair to the students of 2017.”

Today on AirTalk, we take a look at what went wrong, and what the LAUSD must do now.


Monica Ratliff, chair of the curriculum assessment committee for LAUSD District 6

Elmer Roldan, education program officer with the United Way; he also is the parent of a 9th grader in the LAUSD