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Report · April 2013

College Readiness as a Graduation Requirement: An Assessment of San Diego’s Challenges

Julian Betts, Andrew C. Zau, and Karen Bachofer

Four large California school districts-Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Oakland-recently adopted ambitious new graduation standards designed to increase college readiness. Evidence from San Diego indicates a need for major interventions to help students succeed under the new policies. In conjunction with this report, the authors developed the a-g On Track Model, which can help districts identify middle-school students who will have difficulty completing the new requirements.

This research was supported with funding from the Donald Bren Foundation.


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