Education Trust-West thinks so, and so does Brad Stam, OUSD’s chief academic officer.
Right now, less than 40 percent of Oakland’s high school seniors graduate with the requirements needed to attend a state university. At some local schools, Ed Trust reports, barely more than half of the classes offered count toward those 15 course requirements, known in the education world as “A to G.”
There seems to be a movement afoot to adopt those college requirements — a `C’ grade or better on all 15 “A to G” courses — as the new standard for graduating high school in Oakland.
An Ed Trust West audit of 2,000 transcripts from the Class of 2008, to be presented to the school board tonight, found that many Oakland students are taking watered-down academic courses that will get them out of high school, but not into college. It also found that kids take a “hodgepodge” of career technical education courses, rather than coordinated programs that prepare them for college or careers after high school.
But is the answer to such systemic shortcomings to make graduating from an Oakland high school more like getting into a 4-year college? Would more students rise to the challenge, if they had to in order to earn a diploma?